The Mourning After

     As I mentioned yesterday Memorial Day will soon be upon us, and I intend to post poems fitting to the occasion..Today’s post is in memory of three people of my family that passed on within months of each other. My brother-in-law Bill, his mother and my mother-in-law Doris, and my mother Marie all died between January and May of 2009. Needless to say, it was probably the toughest year that I have ever had to go through, in my life. But, this poem is a poem of healing and of acceptance and the adjustments, that we must make. It is in remembrance of them and all of our loved ones who have left us, for a far better place. May God Bless them and keep them.

     Please keep yourselves safe,

Jake.

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 for them,

are more now, shed for us.

***

 Jack Downing

                                                                           Jan. 2010

In memory of:  Bill Nicklassen  1/14/09

                              Doris Oppici  1/22/09

                              Marie Downing  5/07/09

Copyright© Jack Downing, aka Jake @poemsandponderings.wordpress.com. All rights reserved. Content may not be reprinted or disseminated in any manner without the expressed written consent of the author. JRD 5/16/12

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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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4 Responses to The Mourning After

  1. Beth Ann says:

    Wonderful tribute to 3 wonderful people, I am sure. Blessings to you.

  2. sheilabmarie says:

    Thank you for sharing your heart in this. I can understand what it was and still is like for you and family moving forward. My thoughts and prayers go out to you.
    SheilaB

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