I Have Seen

I have seen an old woman

Sitting in a rocking chair

The warmth of the desert sun

Shining on her through the front window

Surrounded by her children, grandchildren

Great grandchildren, friends

The smile on her face as she basked in the beauty of her life’s work

In her eyes, not a glimmer of regret

For none of this could be, if not for her

I have seen an urn, flanked with flowers, purple and sun

A pastor weaving scripture of hope, love and God

Images of a life lived in faith and purpose

Trembling to the words of hallelujah

They find peace in the knowing

For every breath, every step taken

She will be by their side

And in the eyes of those who remain

Is found, a reflection of her

I have seen an empty rocking chair

The warmth of the desert sun

Shining through the front window

Surrounded by children, grandchildren

Great grandchildren, friends

A circle which cannot be broken

For a love which is shared

Is not bound by flesh, bone or earth

It is a love eternal

 

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This and other poems can be found in my collection COLDER

151 comments

  1. Beautiful poem! Got me thinking about my great grandmother who was born in Arkansas in 1888, came out to California during the Dust Bowl ’30s, and lived to be 93. I often think of her, the changes she lived through, and all the advancements that happened during her lifetime, both technological and social. She grew up in a house with no running water, telephone, or electricity in the segregated south, and she died after there was a man on the moon, legal segregation was outlawed, and the home computer was first starting to appear.
    If I live to be 93 what changes will I have seen?

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    1. I think of those things too. She definitely saw a lot of changes in the world. It seems like nowadays the changes are more subtle. Mostly technology based. Or maybe they just seem subtle because I’m living them.

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      1. That could be. The big change of a century or more ago was the growth of heavy industry, now it’s technology. Change in incremental, and it’s only when you look at it in retrospect over a period of decades that you see the breadth of change. In my lifetime the visual medium has gone from appointment TV with the three networks (and PBS) to being able to watch anything you want on a device that fits in your pocket. Wonder where it goes from there.

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