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:

  1. Sorry to hear the news, what a nice tribute.

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

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

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

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  5. I am sorry to hear of your loss, JCK.

    What a very touching tribute you gave her.

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  6. So sorry to hear that. A lovely tribute.

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  7. 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

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  8. so sorry

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

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  9. I am so sorry for your loss.

    What a beautiful tribute in her honor.

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  10. 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?

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  11. Beautiful memories of a wonderful friend.

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

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

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

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

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

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  17. 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.

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  18. 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

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  19. I;m sorry about your friend.

    Godd speed her on her journey.

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

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

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  22. So sorry. What a beautiful tribute.

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

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

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  25. So lovely; I bet she would have loved it.

    blessings*

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

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