Early Departures

Early Departures

Deborah Beach Giordano
© March 1, 2011

What does it mean;
the deaths
of those
so good and kind,
dearly loved and loving –
who depart this life
too soon,
too young,
a community
of friends and family
and awe-struck? 

How can it be?
Why must it be?
Is it,
as has been said,
“Her luck
and our misfortune”?

Is this passing
a blessing
from above?
God’s kindly reward
for a faithful soul:
an early
Home Coming?

I examine
the evidence,
turning it over
and over
in my mind
like an ant
a sugar

Can it be
truly sweet
and good,
and not just
a sharp
and dry
grain of sand
escaped from
the hourglass
of time?

I see
in these
of hope
along the Path
they walked,
by the glow
of their radiant
of life
and all Creation.

Can it be
that these
with the Eternal,
and lay down
their lives
so others
may live?

Do they leave
in order
that those
who remain
will know
with perfect clarity
the value
of each moment,
the gift
of every smile,
the importance
of every word,
the good
that can be done
in only
a little while?

Perhaps they
are heaven-sent
who came
to remind us all
to live joyfully,
forgive readily,
love abundantly

This is the day
that the Lord has made –
a gift given to us
once only –
let us rejoice
and be glad in it.

About inklingscommunity

I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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