Friday, April 13, 2007

goodbye moment

this morning
I sit here
preparing words to speak
that will honor a friend

words that will be totally true
in their honoring

this friend
who for some years now
in the physical had a malfunctioning heart
but in the spiritual
had a heart that functioned perfectly
in the unforced rhythms of grace

the death has all sort of tragedy surrounding it
on a ship
in the ocean
an unexpected fall
long delays for medical assistance

and yet
my friend
died alive

she chose to live
to live fully
to live abandoned in trust

like the weather outside today
that bounces between rain and snow
my emotions bounce between sadness
and absolute joy
in the knowing

no more pain
no more tears
no more sickness
no more death

see you soon Elsie

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