Forever Moments

Quinn Blackburn

Bethel Park, United States

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This is one of my brightest memories with our grandson, Zak… Taken at Moraine State park about a year before his death, he would have been almost, or just turned, three in this picture.

Early spring, a gusty day, and too much activity with loved ones long parted… he was just plain tuckered out. I kept singing long after he fell asleep.This is the image that appears in my mind’s eye for the poem To Ease a Painful Parting, also inspired by Zak. I am so grateful I made the most of every moment we had together… but I’m still jealous of all those moments stolen from us… Those peaceful loving moments that seemed to stretch on forever become so much more important over time… and so the healing continues.

wishing you laughter, my friends, and many forever moments with your loved ones…

To Ease a Painful Parting

Someday

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.

Quinn Blackburn August 2008

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