By Larry Chadwick
In memory of Ginger Michelle
I placed your picture on the table in stained wood,
But I framed your memory in my heart with love.
And while your loss has stained my life,
The strength you gave fits my mind like a glove.
In my thoughts I have assembled all the pieces I recall,
Trying to be honest to the truth of who you were.
And like a repaired broken pot with seams that remain,
It has a beauty that gives me strength to endure.
So I abandoned the despair that first arrived,
In favor of a grief that lets me carry on.
And as for suffering in hopelessness and despair,
I rejected those options even though you were gone.
While that repaired broken pot is missing some parts,
And it no longer serves the purpose for which it was made,
I relish that it evokes memories of the past,
A reminder that even now I will never trade.
October 14, 2006
If tears could build a stairway and memories a lane,
I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.