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

142 comments

  1. Beautiful.. Reminded me of my late grandma.. She left us four years back but we still feel her very close to us.. Present in every moment of our life… Thank you for this.. ❤

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  2. This is breathtakingly beautiful, River! It reminded me of my mother, surrounded by her sixteen children, and 50 (and counting!) grandchildren. None of it could be, if not for her.

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      1. I just read this again, and honestly, this is so moving. That empty rocking chair but surrounded by her family, her legacy, her own view of that, no regrets. The urn, the hallelujah chorus. It’s just… perfect. It’s death as it should be, if there is such a thing, a life lived with purpose, celebrated and continued with those that carry her legacy and memories. The circle of life.

        I just love this.

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      2. Thank you again. This piece came to me from a moment of clarity while surrounded by profound sadness. I looked around the room and thought about how many of those people would not even exist if it wasn’t for that woman’s life. How different would that room have looked if she had even chosen to make one decision in her life differently. I think sometimes we forget what an impact, whAt a chain reaction our single, little life has on the world.

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