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,



 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 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.

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