To Ease a Painful Parting


in the Summerlands

we’ll dance, and laugh and sing.

Play all day long under bright blue skies…

Climb trees to sit amongst the birds, and swing…

Someday in the Summerlands, Hands clasped,

we’ll run along the sand

splashing in the foaming waves.

A thousand games, an endless feast…

kisses, like a vast and starry sky…

And we will not wonder why

our time here was so brief,

our bright joy so laced with grief.

Forever you will dance within our hearts,

so do not mind our salty tide.

We’ve each of us a tender space within,

still sore from that sudden parting stride.

Tis not empty, though this is how it aches,

but filled with our love, folded like thick blankets,

to warm and shelter you along the way…

gifts freely given, yours to take…

Don’t linger for our sake!

Run ahead on that bright trail!

We’ll meet again. Dance, hand in hand,

Share many a long and winding tale…

Someday… in the Summerland.

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Zakary Hayden Katruska March 10, 2005- August 5, 2008 ~ A bright light gone too soon

I look to All My Relations for advice, wisdom, and inspiration. I’m a Gemini with Pisces rising…everything else is subject to change without notice.

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  • Ronjohnnj
    Ronjohnnjover 5 years ago

  • Ronjohnnj
    Ronjohnnjover 5 years ago

    Great work ☺

  • Thank you :) The poetry inspired by my family always holds a special piece of my heart, but I am so pleased that this particular poem has been so well received. It can be difficult to feel positive or joyful during the grieving process, but it is the positive emotion of Love rather than feelings of despair or loss that we would wish our loved ones to take with them. It was important to me to express the positive side of letting go at the time. Thanks again for the feature!

    :) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Nascha
    Naschaover 5 years ago

    Very beautiful poetry. Congratulations on the feature! x

  • Thank you. So glad you enjoyed!

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • The Jonathan Sloat
    The Jonathan S...over 5 years ago

    beautiful, absolutely beautiful!

  • Thank you :) It’s a special piece for me.

    :) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • coppertrees
    coppertreesover 5 years ago

    Congratulations Quinn wonderful writing.

  • :) thanks!

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Grievingheart
    Grievingheartover 5 years ago

    Beautiful. I hope to feel that way oneday. Much peace to you.

  • This was written just days after our Zak’s passing… it’s been just over a year now, and somedays I feel like this poem… other’s I feel more like the Sharp Edge of My Soul lol. It seems to me that the closer we are to the person who passes on, the more likely we are to let them go in stages… and sometimes we fight letting go every step of the way. Death is always hardest on those left behind. I hope that when the time comes for you to “feel this way”, that you’ll be ready for it! Until then…

    wishing you laughter :)

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 5 years ago

    This is so beautiful. I’m looking forward to reading more of your entries.

  • That’s always good to hear… I do tend to ramble :) ~ wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • wigs
    wigsover 5 years ago

    such lovely writing…..

  • Thank you :) ~ wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • Camilla Wall
    Camilla Wallover 5 years ago

  • Thank you, greatly appreciated :)

    – Quinn Blackburn

  • wingsoffire
    wingsoffireover 5 years ago

    This flowed so beautifully down the page!

  • Thank you. This is one of those pieces that wrote itself… I just happened to be the pen, so to speak. This was written just days after our grandson’s passing, and honestly… I would have to say that it is as much his loving farewell message to me as much as it was mine to him. Glad you enjoyed it, and thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Always appreciated.

    :) wishing you laughter

    – Quinn Blackburn

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