It was written in 1981 by David Harkins. See http://www.poeticexpressions.co.uk/You can shed tears that he is goneOr you can smile because he has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come backOr you can open your eyes and see all that he has left
Your heart can be empty because you can't see himOr you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterdayOr you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday
You can remember him and only that he is goneOr you can cherish his memory and let it live on
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your backOr you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.
3 Sep 2010
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.