A Farewell Prayer

A Farewell Prayer

dedicated to the family and friends of **
A sweet farewell
child of my heart;
unknowing
unbelieving
you leave
a swath
of suffering
in the wake
of your hasty departure.

Too soon,
too young,
too fast,
too much …

we make
a thousand excuses
but none
can hide our sorrow.

We have not cried yet,
there is only silence;
our breath frozen
by the icy shock.

It reaches
into our souls;
we shiver
by the fire
and clench our teeth
to prevent
their chattering.

We are treated
too kindly
too carefully;
fragile
breakable
at risk.

Dresden figurines
balanced
on a high mantel
tilting
above
a concrete floor.

Everyone glances
over
to see if we’ve shattered
yet.

Our world
is hard
flat
sharp
chill
and confining.

It is as if
we
are the ones
who have died;
unable to move
or speak
or think

while you
have set sail
on a marvelous adventure
unconstrained
by time or tides;
free,
alive,
and joyful.

From that
farther shore –
that bluer ocean –
that brighter sky –
send us
a signal,
a message,
a hopeful sign,
so we, too,
may live
again.

God grant us the grace
to believe
where we have not yet seen.
Amen.

Deborah Beach Giordano
© January 27, 2010
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