Every Moment So Beautiful

© by Jay Harden

 

And when I am gone,
Do not ask
To feel no pain.
Let the grief,
Let the cries,
Let the emptiness
And great loss
Flood your aching hearts.
This is my last gift to you.
With your hurting,
Know you are still richly alive,
Alive to the vibrant
Feelings deep
That made you,
And make you
A real and loving
Human being.
Let the pain,
With all its heated fury,
Burn in you
And fuel your living,
So it will not
Burn you away.
Talk of me within the tears
And laugh with me
Through your anguish
About little memories
In my complex life,
Rarely dull.
Welcome your sorrows
On the battlefield of emotions
And conquer them all
With poignant smiles.
And in those still,
Quick-as-a-flood
Thoughts that come,
They just might be
Because I am with you again.
We will talk
Without words,
And you will know
Another comfortable truth
About yourself, and me.
And aha the
Indestructibility of love,
That force of mystery
That caused us both,
And makes every moment
Now and then
So beautiful.
 

July 21, 2008
O’Fallon, Missouri