by Quentin S Clingerman
I sat with the mourners
Behind me was my wife's gravesite
In front of me a new grave
A solemn, sad occasion
But in the songs and message
For there is a Saviour
In Him there is Eternal Life
For those who trust and believe
We sat with the ashes in a lovely urn
Which would be buried after we were gone
A little over twenty years ago
Close family circled my wife's burial spot
We held hands and sang "Amazing Grace"
I lowered the urn into the grave
It may well be the sisters are greeting each other
Graveside (c)2014 Quentin Clignerman
Author's Note: It has been quite a time. Two weeks ago I attended a grandson's wedding in Massachusetts. The following week the funeral service of the sister-in-law in Delaware. And this past Saturday a graveside service for her here in Maryland.
Posted on 09/01/2014
Copyright © 2021 Quentin S Clingerman
|Member Comments on this Poem|
|Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 09/01/14 at 04:06 PM|
My congratulations and condolences Quentin. Nicely expressed and explained.
|Posted by Clara Mae Gregory on 09/01/14 at 05:07 PM|
My condolences to you,Quentin, on both occasions.Thank you for this poem.It is a wonderful poem expressing our reality of life and death with the comforting reminder of our Father's love and gift of eternal salvation.May all your days be blessed.XO
|Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 09/01/14 at 08:48 PM|
I'm sorry for the loss of your sister-in-law, Quentin, and happy to hear of another family member getting married. That first stanza gives a sense of place and history which I like. You have a calm way of expressing grief and faith in your poems. Thanks for this.
|Posted by Alison McKenzie on 09/01/14 at 09:04 PM|
Life is that amazing mix of celebrations, loss, and moving on. Well stated here, Q. Love.
|Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 09/14/14 at 04:13 PM|
despite the sad occasion, Quentin, you ode is incredibly beautiful and moving.
|Posted by Laura Doom on 11/02/14 at 01:10 PM|
Birth, life and death are, as you have illustrated here, inextricably linked. Perhaps the essence of the Author's Note would make an admirable pro/epilogue for this poem?
|Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 12/27/19 at 01:39 PM|
Thanks Vince for posting this as POTD. A fine tribute to Quentin...he himself passed away sometime in 2017.