The Mourning After

     Two years ago in less than five months, four people who were close to me passed away. The first was my brother-in-law Bill, a very talented artist and retired art teacher, who died of complications related to pancreatic cancer. Six days later his mother, and my mother-in-law Doris, passed away from infection after undergoing gastric surgery. In February a good friend, John Sullivan, died of a heart attack less than a month before his fifty-first birthday. Then the final hurt. My mother Marie Downing, went to rest on May seventh at the age of ninety years. (Forty years to the day after my father’s passing). She was the inspiration for “A Mother’s Gift”, and every word, is a reflection of the way she looked at life. 2009, was a tough year for my family and me. But, one year later the healing had begun, and this how I felt at the time.


The Mourning After

 A year has passed,

the hurt has eased,

no, not gone,

but, random at least.

 Memories still come,

like waves, off the sea,

not the windward surf,

but, the more gentle lee.

 Like a breeze that wafts,

after springtime rain,

not like before,

as the hurricane.

 The season of grief,

like a wound, will heal,

though the scars remain,

they are concealed.

 When loved ones pass,

how great the pain,

seemingly endless,

but, this too shall wane.

 Our daily lives,

are the focus now,

day by day,

the mind, us, peace allows.

 So on we go,

as we know, we must,

the tears once shed,

are more shed, for us.


Jack Downing

Jan. 2010

In memory of: Bill Nicklassen 1/14/09

Doris Oppici 1/22/09

John Sullivan 2/09

Marie Downing 5/07/09

Tomorrow; “Honors”










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Hearth and Health are wonderful things and if you're without either such sorrow that brings So I cannot express enough thanks to my Lord and to my family and friends for the support you afford! ~Jack Downing~
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