Wednesday, June 25, 2008

the consistency of waves

It didn't matter what we were feeling at the moment
our tears flowed often over the loss of Pops
some mornings we woke up and wore sadness like a robe
later feeling lighter knowing he was watching us from above
It didn't matter that we felt confused and angry
that death often deals some cruel jokes
that no one understands our exact deep pain, then suddenly
a sweet distant memory temporarily pulled us from that mire
It didn't matter that our hearts felt so wounded
a heaviness that held us to the ground
we cradled ourselves and waited for a lifting
and went to bed with the same weight upon our heads.
All of this didn't matter
nothing we could do would halt the crashing of the waves
they came and went, in and out, background music for our souls
constant reminders that we were never left alone
The only thing that mattered
was that God cared what we were going through
His love would wrap around us and was always ever present
like the waves, He is and forever shall be
by Darlene Simmonds
dedicated to Robert 'Pops' Johnson

12 Comments:

Blogger curious girl (lisa) said...

just beautiful.

2:00 PM  
Blogger Wanda said...

Oh Dar, don't you just know he's up in heaven saying "That's my girl"!

That is absolutely beautiful and I hope it can be read at this service on Friday.

Love, hugs, prayers and kisses.
I miss to tons too.
Wanda Mom and Pastor Dad

5:58 PM  
Blogger Dana Jones said...

That is a wonderful poem, my favorite line: Some mornings we wore sadness like a robe.

I can relate to that feeling.

I have a weird idea about grief, but I'll share it with you. I always thought that when other people cry during our loss it is because God somehow is spreading some of our sadness over onto others to help lighten our load a little.

God bless you.

6:13 PM  
Blogger sweet expressions said...

your talent for words never ceases to amaze me. how beautiful this poem is
it brought tears to my eyes.


hugs always

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Cindie said...

This poem is just beautiful. God sees your tears and holds you all very close.

What a beautiful tribute to your father-in-love.

Hugs to you across the miles,
Cindie

4:22 AM  
Blogger Constance said...

I love that we are called upon to "Not grieve as those who have no hope". It doesn't tell us that we shouldn't grieve, God knows how we have been created and if we are indeed created in His image, even Jesus wept! It's HOPE that makes all the difference to us as Believers! It's why even in the midst of grief, God can give us the "peace that passes all understanding". Praying for that kind of peace to comfort you and to wash over you like a wave,
Hugs,
Connie

4:47 AM  
Blogger Boho Girl said...

mmmmmm...so beautiful.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Eileen W. said...

My heart is with you and your family... (((hugs)))

7:38 AM  
Blogger Mary Timme said...

It is what I wish I'd said, Darlene. Beautifully done!

2:19 PM  
Blogger all over the map said...

Darlene,
I am so very sorry for your loss. I send warm wishes and loads of love to you and your family during this difficult time.
That last paragragh says it all. He is forever and He does care. His love endures forever.
Take care of you.
xo

11:58 PM  
Blogger Michelle O'Neil said...

Condolences for your loss.

XO

5:42 PM  
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