Sometimes everything has to be enscribed across the heavens so you can find the one line already written inside you. Sometimes it takes a great sky to find that small, bright, and indescribable wedge of freedom in your own heart. David Whyte

Saying Goodbye

on July 31, 2017

Belle died at noon on Saturday
She left in peace with family around
Her ninety-seven years a testament
To life well lived and loved.
A friend to us who knew her well
She left a vacancy not soon filled

This morning the swimming pool is blue
Sun and fair skies foretell a lovely day.
Belle loved the pool in Summer
And sunning on the patio in Autumn
When falling leaves transformed the color scheme
Before Winter sent Belle back inside.

We played our Scrabble-like word game Royalty
By the pool or in the Party Room upstairs
Belle was the queen who beat us all
At forming words some of her own creation
She seemed to pull letters out of nowhere
To fashion words sometimes bizarre.

Belle is gone and yet I see her everywhere
Dressed in her Thriftique classy clothes
Speaking out to bring justice to the world
Celebrating Seder with generations of her family
Including us as her adopted relatives
Teaching us the ropes to vote absentee

Belle has been freed from suffering.
It was a grief to see her bowed so low
My heart rises remembering the wonder
Of the very special person that Belle was
Now living on in vibrant memories.
I did not know loss could produce such gain.

17 responses to “Saying Goodbye

  1. a splendid tribute…we all can hope to be so inspiring to others.

  2. den169 says:

    Condolences and peace!

  3. sincere condolences – a marvelous poetic eulogy

  4. What a lovely tribute. 97 is indeed a testament.

  5. Christy B says:

    I am sorry for your loss xx This tribute to her is beautiful!

  6. vivachange77 says:

    Yes it is, Janet. She gave us so much in her presence and in her leaving.

  7. janowrite says:

    This one is quite moving: your description of Belle made me think of my mother in her later years.

  8. Belle was blessed with 97-yrs. What we all wish for. Love the tribute. Glorious ending too.

  9. vivachange77 says:

    I just returned from Belle’s memorial service. I feel blessed with knowing such a special human. Thanks for your words about my “Goodbye” to her.

  10. So sorry to hear about your friend, what a wonderful tribute to your friend.xx

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