3 Sep 2010

A poem that moved me

Today I went to a memorial service for a local villager who died of Parkinson's Disease after years of failing health. The church was full. This poem entitled "He Is Gone" was said at the end and I found it profoundly moving.
You can shed tears that he is gone
Or you can smile because he has lived 

You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left

Your heart can be empty because you can't see him
Or you can be full of the love that 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 him and only that he is gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
It was written in 1981 by David Harkins. See http://www.poeticexpressions.co.uk/

2 comments:

PE4BAS, Bas said...

Hello Roger, very nice poem. Optimistic, you don't read that very often. But after all our lifes are going on...73, Bas

Mike, AA1TJ said...

Very moving indeed, Roger. Thanks for sharing that.

Mike, AA1TJ