In the dark there was Leone

“Can miles truly separate you from friends…if you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?” – Richard Bach

 

“You can shed tears that she is gone, or you can smile because she has lived. You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her, or you can be full of the love you shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday. You can remember her only that she is gone, or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back. Or you can do what she’d want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”   –   David Harkins

*

In the dark there was Leone

Over and over

I hear of people

Afraid of being

Alone in the dark

It is a fear

I cannot share

As a child

The dark was safer

They were usually asleep

Today

In the dark

I enjoy the company

Of some sweet memories

The rare nugget or gem

Excavated from childhood

An email from a cousin

Tells me that auntie Lee

Died Thursday night

The same cousin who took me

To see Lee a decade ago

After the stroke

Lee didn’t recognize me

But I said goodbye then

Silently through the tears

The lost years could not be restored

Years from now

Lee will still be with me

In the dark and in the sun

Thoughts turn to her

The songs and stories she taught me

Her kindness cannot be erased

Lone sunflower – defiant amongst the weeds

Unfeigned

Unlike those she came from

Flashes of light in the darkness of childhood

*

Bisous

Léa

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About Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.
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10 Responses to In the dark there was Leone

  1. I share the beautiful truth in this…..the dark has always been a friend to love…of every kind….

  2. This is beautiful Lea and of course those quotes are wonderful

    As I have got to know you I can understand this poem at a very personal level, yet you make it universal and a poem from which which we can all take something and learn in the process.

    Love

    Xxx

    • leamuse says:

      Christine, as always, you are so generous! Lee was an amazing woman and I take her with me as you see. Thank you once again for your support.

      Love,

      Xxx

  3. Lea beautiful poem and I am sorry to hear of your loss. I talk to those gone before me all the time and I know we will see each other again. Life is so short.

  4. claudia says:

    this is just a beautiful way to write how the beauty and joy and influence of someone is not gone when they die… i like the david harkins quote as well… wise words…

  5. beckarooney says:

    I’m with you on this Lea, I have always found the darkness of the night comforting and soothing. Beautiful portrayal, I’m sorry to hear of your loss xx

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