Wandering through an empty land,
A child clings to fading light.
She searches for a friendly hand
Amid the darkening night;
A hope to lift her troubled heart,
To ease her stormy mind;
Some proof that she's not far apart
from love's encircling bind.
Heedless of her threatening tear
Fierce shadows grow and darken.
The sun begins to disappear.
The dim light whispers, "Hearken!"
'Tis a final farewell song.
Loosening grip on precious hope,
The child sighs a pained, "So long"
To that last shred of tattered rope
Which now comes to its fated end.
Her heart is heavy and very weak
A farewell to beloved friend.
A single tear drips down her cheek.
"Precious one and darling dear,
I'll see you on the other side.
You're gone now yet so very near,
For in my heart you'll e're abide.
So fear not my beloved one.
I'll see you soon.
You're not far gone.
A heavy heart is no great boon.
You're simply at a fair retreat
Where I have not yet been.
But I have faith that when we meet,
We'll never part again."
Lora Hollings on July 13, 2020:
A beautiful and touching poem, Eliza, about those who we have loved and lost! Heart-wrenching yet hopeful. Wonderfully written.
Lorna Lamon on July 13, 2020:
Your words are so poignant full of emotion and loss. This poem made me think of my father and the last verse is beautiful.
Eliza (author) from Idaho on July 13, 2020:
Thank you! It was inspired by the passing of a dear friend several years ago.
Ankita B on July 13, 2020: