Daffodil Remembrance of Brother …
It was a rainy and dismal evening when we drove into the parking lot of the convalescent hospital. Our long drive from Reno, Nevada to Tacoma, Washington had been fraught with sorrow and silence. Early that morning we received a call that our eldest brother did not have much longer to live. My mother, youngest brother, eldest sister, and I left as soon as we got word from eldest brother’s daughter.
When we parked I looked out the window at the rain which had turned to a light mist. I felt like a host of angels were crying with us. I opened the door to get out and the first thing I saw was a group of daffodils, shining a bright yellow under the glow of a street light. I knew at that moment my brother’s soul had departed.
Daffodil Remembrance of Brother
Beautiful daffodils lifted my spirit,
and told me brother is now at peace,
he is free from suffering, free from pain,
the path of a new journey has opened
for him, may he find again the joy
and love he had with his beloved,
for she still loves him.
Brother dear, your four daughters have grown so beautiful,
you did well with them, for they are fine,
wonderful women who stood by you in life
and were with you at your last moment of breath,
we are so proud of them,
they love you dearly, as we all do.
Your departing is great sorrow
for me, yet the daffodils
tell me all is now well for you,
and some day we will be together again,
all of us,
with all the love we shared in this life
and for eternity we will know this great love.
Every spring when I see those bright
yellow groups of daffodils,
I smile and give thanks for
having you as my brother,
the daffodil remembrance lifts my spirit
and warms my heart and soul.
© 2019 Phyllis Doyle Burns