Tuesday, April 17, 2012

What if

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What if
she was and is
a saint and
the stories of her
passing were true?
And what if
she truly did humbly
take our failings
and hers with
her into death?
what if,
on that final night,
the house was stuffed
with the skin-tingling and
hair-raising presence of
deceased family and
heavenly host,
crowding in to
joyfully await her
joining with them
in the Eternal?
And what if she saw them,
knew they were there?
Why would they be there if
she hadn't ultimately been
loved and forgiven?
What if my latent negativity
regarding her is
ultimately misplaced and
misconceived and childishly clung to,
despite the certain imperfections of
her earlier life and
her children's parenting?

Could I be that happy for her?
That forgiving?
That excited?
That healed?
(Posted for dVerse Poets Pub, OpenLinkNight Week #40, 4/17/12)


  1. ugh very hard questions...in light of all that would it change your feelings...that is def a heart question...

  2. Lots of what ifs... very thought-provoking.

  3. Sounds like you are that open. A closed person would never even wonder.

  4. Wow, this made me pause and think. Much in this perspective can be frightening as well, the tug-of-war between the living and the long-past. And still, no answers.

  5. A kind of spiritual peer pressure.

  6. wow you have been thinking about this for a long time


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