Friday, February 18, 2011

"love and go on"

A close friend of mine died the autumn before i got married.
6 years on
i still remember the phone call;
the pain i felt and
i vividly recall the wind blowing through the trees outside my flat.
and even though i knew that she had gone, i phoned her and left a message saying my goodbyes.
i loved her.
she was my friend.
she was larger than life itself.

why am i remembering her today?
i found a poem that was read at the service held to celebrate her life;
the words written on a scrap of paper,
buried deep in a drawer.
i wanted to remember her because
i know that she would be proud of me,
proud of my family,
proud of the life we are living and
the story we are telling.

"She is Gone

You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all that she's left.
Your heart can be empty because you can't see her
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her and only that she's gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back
or you can do what she'd want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on."


love the end...

"smile, open your eyes, love and go on";

it's a good mantra for life.

This relatively unknown poem was chosen by the Queen to be read at the Queen Mother's Funeral in 2002, chosen because the Queen felt it encompassed how the nation should reflect upon her mother's life. Link here to see a BBC News link.

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