This evening my father-in-law passed away, at the age of 87-
it was one of the things that has troubled us lately, his failing health and diminishing life span.
Once an intelligent and active man, both physically and with his mind, his world became smaller and the light started to fade. My husband and sister in law have taken turns to make his life interesting with books, lectures and excursions. I have tried to brighten things up by bringing dinner, cakes and helping out . There have been all kinds of days but lately there have been only one kind.
We were all there, we made it! And so it began
We gathered by his quiet bed
we spoke to him and held his hand
we hoped that he could understand
and slowly cross the line we dread,
a final gasp - and he was dead
We all shed tears, his hand went cold
his arms and face so thin and old
the eyes, so fixed on us before
was glancing thru an unseen door
in heaven opened, so we're told
And there we are, with all words lost
as long before the Pentecost
What now? we asked, both worried and calm
we'll close his eyes and loosen his palm
in a circle we stood in pray and read hymn 23
and thought about how the future without him might be
In the sky rose a colourful rainbow,
" is he safe up in heaven now?"
The blackbird sang praise from the rooftop
and we gathered our strenghts somehow
Come practical issues, phonecalls, decisisons,
pack all his things, give the doctor admission
One more goodbye, hugs and tears and words
of comfort flew round
So tired and hungry we now were homebound
There ended a life in our midst, here on earth
plain to see
The story of him will live on , he is safe,
and so are we
I am no poet, but there it is! At home , most is normal again, the youngest just fell asleep in the coach, she gave her very best last night and needs the rest. Little darling.
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