Thursday, February 12, 2009

I know you would have loved

I know you would have loved
seeing the Mediterranean again
so I will dip my toes
in the sea, for you...

I know you would have loved
sipping hot tea with mint again
so I will drink it, savoring
the scent, for you...

I know you would have loved
walking on the beach of Oman again
so I will enjoy the sun
on my face, for you...

I know you would have loved
feeling the mountain breeze again
so I will tilt my face up
into the wind, for you...

I know you would have loved
returning to your students again
so I will be passionate
about teachers, for you...

I know you would have loved
sitting under a Cedar of Lebanon again
so I will rest my head back
against the trunk, for you...

I know you would have loved
laughing your raucous laugh again
so I will let my sides ache
joyfully living, for you...




This poem is dedicated to Denell, who died yesterday of cancer. She was a dear friend, and a bright light for all of us. Go in Peace, my friend. Someday we will meet again. Inshallah...


***Photo of Denell taken at a restaurant in Anjar, Lebanon - 2005.



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27 comments:

Nora said...

Sorry to hear the news, what a nice tribute.

Madge said...

JCK, so sorry for your loss. i'm glad you were blest with such a friend.

Janet said...

I'm so sorry, dear. What a lovely lovely farewell.

Mary Alice said...

So difficult to lose a friend. My thoughts are with you.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

I am sorry to hear of your loss, JCK.

What a very touching tribute you gave her.

Jen said...

So sorry to hear that. A lovely tribute.

Midwest Mom said...

Beautiful words for a woman who must have lived a beautiful life.

Somehow I feel as though she hears you saying them to her.

Peace, friend.
- Julia

painted maypole said...

so sorry

beautiful poem. you've found a lovely way to honor her.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I am so sorry for your loss.

What a beautiful tribute in her honor.

Jason, as himself said...

She must be smiling so much in heaven knowing of this poem that you wrote for her. What a vibrant, meaningful life she lived!

And again, I wonder, when will this cancer madness end?

Kate said...

Beautiful memories of a wonderful friend.

Rima said...

That is a beautiful tribute and a lovely poem. I am sorry for your loss, JCK.

blognut said...

I'm so sorry for you, and this was beautiful.

Jennifer H said...

Oh sweetie, I'm so sorry for your loss. This was beautiful.

phd in yogurtry said...

So sorry for the loss of your friend, JCK. Beautiful words in her honor.

flutter said...

rest well, beautiful woman.

Dan said...

Sorry for your loss. Parting is such sweet sorrow ...

g said...

So sorry for your loss. Your poem makes me think that she lived a wonderful and rich life. How blessed she was, and you for knowing her.

Hen said...

How horrible to lose your friend, life feels cruel sometimes...she sounds very special.
Keep dear all those wonderful memories you have.

Big hugs
H

Gunfighter said...

I;m sorry about your friend.

Godd speed her on her journey.

Ginaagain said...

Such beautiful words must have been inspired by a beautiful spirit. I am sorry for your loss.

Angeline said...

Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that... *big hugs*

happygeek said...

So sorry. What a beautiful tribute.

texasholly said...

That was beautiful. I would have loved to meet her.

Minnesota Matron said...

Oh, I'm sorry. That's a beautiful, moving poem. Life is sweet because it is so unbearably short.

stephanie (bad mom) said...

So lovely; I bet she would have loved it.

blessings*

Anglophile Football Fanatic said...

I'm sorry for the loss. It's wonderful you'll keep her alive by doing the things she loved.

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