Something a little different this week.
5 years ago today my brave little girl lost her fight for life. I have been loved and supported by so many in that time. On the day of her funeral my beautiful and talented friend Lucy wrote and read a poem for us. I thought it should be shared. In my work as representative for Heartfelt, I hear almost every day of others enduring loss. So here it is, a poem for us and for too many others….
Our hearts will seem useless to a mother and father
whose child has gone like the days last sun-
but we will offer them anyway.
Our hearts with a room to hold their grief
to hold it up to the light
and see it drifting down to cover these people who dared to love
All words will appear clumsy and common
but we should open our mouths and say them.
Words with the warmth to build a fire
in a dark room of a future night
This is a poem for loss
to tell you we saw you love your daughter boldly and purely before she left
to tell you we know you will love her still
Her smile mirrored in the smile of the boys you will keep.
This is what we can offer-
the ink drying on the page
our restless sleep in which we dream to save her
our waking hours if you should need us
and the cruel confusion of all sorrow
and not knowing where to go now
into the changed day.
by Lucy Williams