So She Kept Walking

As drops fell lightly down at first
And gradually the sky turned black
While clouds threatened to do their worst
There was no thought of turning back —
So she kept walking

The roads and houses now were strange
Potholes and mud along the way
Bewilderment from constant change
As night replaced the waning day —
But she kept walking

The hill she reached was miles long
Her eyes could not make out the crest
And she felt worlds away from strong
And didn’t know what course was best —
Yet she kept walking —

And by her bed in ICU
Her grandson sat and watched her breathe
But all of this she never knew
As up the hill she took her leave
She breathed her last and reached the top
And as her heart came to a stop
Before that final moment passed
She saw the light she sought at last
So she kept walking

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Today’s the Big Day

TODAY’S THE BIG DAY

We celebrate your birthday
As we have always done;
With gifts that you have asked for
And going someplace fun.

With lively family teasing
That marks your brand new year –
And it will be the same today,
Except that you’re not here.