Last week I lost my sister to the ravages of diabetes. Jo’s battle was courageous, she was a fighter to the end.
We gathered Saturday morning
Too late to say good-byes.
We grieved for an unexpected casualty,
For my sister who had closed her eyes
In church, I sat in silence
Not wanting to say farewell
But a piece of my existence
Was carried off by a distant bell.
I shuffled down a center aisle,
Following my sister’s spouse.
Her son and daughter cried openly,
Suffering in God’s stain glass house.
The church circle provided service,
A lunch to soothe the souls.
Hot coffee for our spirits
And shoulders to console.
While eating we talk of other things,
Cheerful words to fill the air.
Distant memories of a childhood,
Of the sister who was not there.
I’m thankful for the memories,
Of a life that was lived so well.
In time I know I’ll be seeing her,
When it’s time for my farewell.
©2017 Clarence Holm
I am so sad to hear your loss dear Clarence, My thoughts with you all. This is so beautiful poem, she will be always remembered. Rest in Peace your sister. Thanks and Love, nia
Very sorry for your loss. This is a moving lament for your sister. Though the loss is palatable, your faith in everlasting love is hopeful.
This is such a lovely poem.. I’m really sorry…”In time I know I’ll be seeing her,
“- the inevitable truth… Well written
Sorry for your loss
Prayers and condolences to you and yours
Your poem brought tears to my eyes. Not easy to lose a sister. Take care.
I am so sorry for your loss Clarence and your poem is beautiful. I do believe we will all meet our loved ones again on the other side of the rainbow.
I do believe that too