Picture taken by my friend Cyndi Leos....thank you Cyndi.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Poetry Jam: Make the Last Memory Be the Best...

I learned a long time ago
how important parting is.
Be it at the end of a phone call,
 saying good bye for the night
or the last time before a separation...

I read a book entitled Celebrate the Temporary
 promoting contemplation of ones death often
with the realization our time here on earth
is temporary…each day is our last
before tomorrow.

September 4th, I lost a dear friend
The last time we spoke was week before she died.
I knew she had physical challenges
but her voice and laugh were still so young
as it was in High School 

She loved to laugh…
so I made sure every time we spoke
I made her laugh.
We talked for hours…
It was a good last memory.


submitted for Poetry Jam
Challenge: To use the word last in 20 lines or less


Mary said...

Donna, I have put your poem into the Poetry Jam Mr. Linky. You will see it there. We never really know when it is the last time we talk to someone.... You are right....Parting is SO important. We never know when the last time you part with someone will be. I think I would like to read that book: Celebrate the Temporary. I will look it up on! Your post has made me think!

Gabriella said...

Unfortunately we are not always mindful of the fact that sometimes we address people for the last time. I like how you evoked your last phone call with your friend, Donna.

DJan said...

This is beautiful, poignant, and inspiring. Yes, we all have many lasts to look forward to. This is a lovely poem, Donna. You done good. :-)

aspiritofsimplicity said...

what a lovely testimony.

Peggy said...

What a wonderful poem and tribute to your friend. We have recently lost a couple of people in our community and it really seems impossible they are gone. And yes those last conversations are important and remembering every day can be the last. Thanks for posting at Poetry Jam.

Helen said...

Each day is our last ... before tomorrow. You might think that by now, age 72, I would have read these words .. heard these words hundreds of times. For some reason, they hit me like a ton of bricks this morning! Thank you.

I also lost a dear friend only 48 on the 18th of September, my birthday ... a bittersweet day.

Kerin said...

A timely poem.
Sorry about the loss of your friend. Saying goodbye, even though temporary, is so hard. I am so grateful that we will be reunited with our loved ones, someday.

There is a young man from a neighboring town that is currently fighting for his life in the ICU, after a terrible car crash, in which one woman was killed.
It has me thinking about how short life is, and how quickly things can change.
Here's praying that we remember to tell those we love, how much they mean to us :)

Warm wishes...

Jeanie said...

A beautiful poem and a poignant reminder for all of us.

Brian Miller said...

i hope that you can always remember in that laughter...i am sorry for your hard, but you have paid a beautiful tribute...