Farewell, In Sorrow

I wept for you throughout the night –

Your breath is here no more;

The prime of your life, no prize for you –

You longed for heaven’s door.

No joy, it seemed, in simple things –

Your hopes strewn all over the place

Despondent, slipping – you tried to overcome…

Now I’m haunted by your face.

Others I’ve known, left the very same way;

Their parting, they felt was a need –

My life forever altered the day I learned it;

Do you know how you made our hearts bleed?

Your loved ones are broken now;

In full-blown emotion, they wonder what they could have done;

But there’s nothing that could have barred you from death

Once the dark journey had begun.

Others may wish they took your place

So you could live out your years –

But you were so troubled – noone could come in;

You hid your anger and tears.

I feel for the family you left behind –

Do you know what they must now face?

A life without you; torment on repeat –

None could ever take your place.

I pray that they will live with purpose,

Rising above the ocean of pain-

I hope that there will come a day

When they can laugh and sing again.

You didn’t realise how many you touched

Just by living the years you were here;

They all wish they could see you again

And tell you that you were held dear.

Farewell, in sorrow – we’ll not smile today;

Our grief is much to bear –

But you, in your absence, have hastened us all

To let others know we care.

© M.R. Patterson 16.4.21

Published by mezruth

I am a wife and a mother of two beautiful and spirited young children, living in Australia. I am a loving, sensitive soul, drawn to people from all walks of life. Unashamedly, I am a follower of Christ; He is my daily hope and inspiration- the reason that I live and the one I give the glory to. I enjoy dabbling in a range of hobbies including writing, playing piano, singing, gardening, cooking craft and nature walks. Life has presented many challenges to me but always, I find that God's power is made perfect in my weakness. He has impressed upon me to share my experiences to encourage and inspire others. Every day is a page in the story He is writing.

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