A Final Goodbye

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

See My Day’s Perspective

Walk with me to the perspective
Where the sun and stars appear
Witness the colors of the sunrise
Before the grey and black interfere

Look at the morning sunlight,
It’s a promise to keep us warm.
Radiant beauty renewed each day
A life in free verse form.

Seek time to be together,
Just to watch the days go by.
Capture all the goodness,
Before we say goodbye.

-Clarence Holm