we need to weep your loss,
You dwell in that safe place in our hearts,
Where no storm or might or pain can reach you.
was like the dawn
Brightening over our lives
Awakening beneath the dark
A further adventure of colour.
of your voice
Found for us
A new music
That brightened everything.
you enfolded in your gaze
Quickened in the joy of its being;
You placed smiles like flowers
On the altar of the heart.
Your mind always sparkled
With wonder at things.
days here were brief,
Your spirit was live, awake, complete.
towards each other no longer
From the old distance of our names;
Now you dwell inside the rhythm of breath,
As close to us as we are to ourselves.
cannot see you with outward eyes,
We know our soul's gaze is upon your face,
Smiling back at us from within everything
To which we bring our best refinement.
Let us not
look for you only in memory,
Where we would grow lonely without you.
You would want us to find you in presence,
Beside us when beauty brightens,
When kindness glows
And music echoes eternal tones.
brighten the earth,
Darkest winter has turned to spring;
May this dark grief flower with hope
In every heart that loves you.
continue to inspire us:
each day with a generous heart.
To serve the call of courage and love
Until we see your beautiful face again
In that land where there is no more separation,
Where all tears will be wiped from our mind,
And where we will never lose you again.
John O’Donohue ~~