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In Lieu of Flowers I Cherish Memories

by Sandy M. Humphrey

by Sandy M. Humphrey

I may not decorate headstones with flowers
standing in grassy lanes and talk to names
etched in marble tracing dates with fingertips

but I haven't forgotten you, any of you and
it doesn't take this weekend to bring thoughts
crashing to my mind with a flood of memories

All I need to remember my MotherRee is watch
my niece with her angled face and beauty
carefully accessorise an outfit and I see

Though on this earth you never had the
chance to pass that sense of class and elegance
you must of whispered it to her as she

Exited Heaven's gate to become our angel
here on earth, she is the emodiment
of your good taste and it so uncanny

Grand Judson is in words that I read
a saved cd recording mom gave us as a gift
and in the Honorable actions of the men

I have been blessed with in life
and of course in my mother's
knowledge of God's word

My father-in-law is in the
common sense work ethic he
bequeathed his son, my provider


And in the many little faces
of namesakes to follow
Jake, Hunter, beautiful twin girls

I see it in the faces of all three
of my Humphrey men James, Jase
and the great grandson that he never saw

But I think maybe JC and Jax walked
hand in hand by a river somewhere
and had a talk before he arrived

So many names etched on my heart
Phyllis, Tracy, Carl, Danny,
Sean, Uncle Billy, Rick, Cindy
the list never ends

You were mentors, co-workers
Family, friends leaving suddenly
or with last moments and word

Whether it was first we
met or the last smile
first hand shake or last words

I remember
Will never Forget
Your stamp on our lives


Rest In Peace
Live on always
In our hearts

05/29/2011



Posted on 05/30/2011
Copyright © 2011 Sandy M. Humphrey

05/29/2011

Author's Note: This Memorial Weekend brings traditions for many, ceremonies for Veterans and memories for me of loved one missing, but it is also a time to cherish and share our stories of our loved ones, that is how the legacy lives.

Posted on 05/30/2011
Copyright © 2020 Sandy M. Humphrey

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 05/30/11 at 03:18 PM

Most of all I like the idea of remembering loved ones often, not just the once a year walk to the cemetery. I like the mix of the living with those gone in your family. Very poignant.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 05/30/11 at 09:56 PM

Poignant...eloquently expressed Sandy. I see I'm not the only one giving tribute to those who have moved on, and wait for us.

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