January 24, 2013 by phicks2012
Once upon a time I was young enough to have few friends to die, but as life moves on loss happens more and more often to all of us. Friends are lost in what ought to be their prime, or at least well before what by rights ought to be their time, and In 1998 a tradition began when I wrote a song in memory of a friend. Then, in 2004 the tradition became established when I wrote the poem below to be read by me at the memorial service of another friend, lost too soon. Since that time I have found it sadly necessary to write three more, and I lift a glass to them all as I share this one.
We will remember, those remaining, how her laughter lit our lives,
And now that memory, sustaining, lets us know that love survives.
We will remember, those yet living, how her smile so brightly shown.
Generous she was, and giving, and we know that gift lives on.
We will remember, those who tarry, all the brightness of her eyes,
Saucy, bossy and contrary; such a spirit never dies.
We will remember, those enduring, how her heart was wide and deep,
Memory is reassuring. What we savor we may keep.
We will remember, those abiding, how her goals were never small,
And now that recollection, guiding, makes the rest of us stand tall.
We will remember, those who dally, how her life brooked no regret.
Though short the toll of days we tally, know that we will not forget.
[June 2nd, 2004]