The world just hasn’t been the same
Since you departed much too soon.
Nothing else can fill the void,
And I miss you every day.
They say, “Do your grieving
And then get on with life.”
I just wish it was that simple,
For it’s much easier said than done.
The reaper is the enemy,
A cruel thief in the night.
He stole you from your family,
But he never is content.
He soon will claim another,
And that makes me sad to say.
I saw you only yesterday,
In a tree outside my window.
A handsome red cardinal,
Watching over me.
Your beautiful song woke me
But I don’t mind at all.
Sighting a red cardinal
Is a symbol we should heed –
To observe the world around us
In all its many forms.
It’s plumage, red and stunning,
Against the white of snow
Reminds us that there’s always life
Even in the winter’s throws.
I know our family bond is strong,
Even though things were not said
And you still come to guide me
When life puts me through tests.
Let’s hope that this New Year
Is a sign of better times ahead,
Of healing and renewal,
And happier times for all.
by John Hansen © 2020
This poem is fictional and is not referring to myself or any family members.
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