a poem

When I am gone, release me. Let me go.
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn’t tie yourself to me with tears.
Be happy that we had so many beautiful years.
I gave to you my love. You can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it’s time I traveled on alone.
So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must.
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It’s only for a while that we must part,
So bless the memories within your heart.
I won’t be far away, for life goes on.
So if you need me, call and I will come.
Though you can’t see or touch me, I’ll be near.
And if you listen with your heart,
You’ll hear all my love around you soft and clear.
And then, when you must come this way alone,
I’ll greet you with a smile and say welcome home…"


I cannot take the credit for these words but this is just what my husband would be saying to me if i could hear his lovely voice,it gives me hope,and i just have to work on holding that trust ,i hope others on here can get some comfort from these words xx

That is just perfect.
I’ve got family staying and I suddenly realised I had to go and sit by myself to read it and blink away the tears.
For me it just says all there is to say., and, maybe, a bit more.
My heart is listening all the time. It’s permanently tuned in.

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I now have to regain my composure as the grandkids will come looking for me. It completely took me breath away as it got right through my armour.

I know YorkshireLad it speaks volumes,and i think perfection too like you said,i will return to this poem again and again when i need reassurance,i hope you carry on your day with a lighter heart x

It’s a lovely poem Robina. Who’s the author? Thank you for sharing it. Xx


Hi Robina, that is the poem I used on my dad’s memory cards. I thought it was beautiful then and I’ve taken strength from it many times. I liked the line ’ so if you need me call and I will come’. It’s reassuring. I wish we all may find some peace from pain at some point in 2019 xx

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Hi robina. I certainly can. They remind me so much of the things my mother would say. I’m sitting here at my desk and just thought I’d pop in and came across your post. the last line “I’ll greet you with a smile and say welcome home…” is something I don’t think about too often. But its a timely reminder to me sitting here and wondering what to think. Thx.

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Hi Kate
it said author unknown,whoever wrote it knew grief very well i would say x

I think that I tracked down the poet’s name., but I havepromptly forgotten it. I’lol look again.

I think (not certain) Ardis Marletta, a lady who lives in New Jersey.
Apologies if wrong.

Hi Orchard yes,me too,it has so many messages running through it ,strength ,hope and trust,strange part of me wanted to hold on tight to 2018,even with all the pain it gave xx

I’ll look her up Edwin, thanks.

Hi Edwin
I think you could be right,ive just found an original poem from her called" Letting go,",so this poem may have been changed by someone else.x

I had a look via Google and found a prayer written by her which has similarities. As just a piece of writing that was also good.

I like when something arouses our interest leading to discussion which provides some relief from our grief. It gives us a little breathing space. Thanks Robina for the poem and thanks to all for your interest in it. Sending love xx

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I was interested in a reference by Edwin in the other poetry thread to Christina Rossetti. She came from a whole family of talent and I spent some time absorbed in reading about her sisters. I already knew a fair bit about her brother, who was also a poet, and one of my favourite artists. He had an interesting relationship with his muse. She was the wife of his friend, William Morris, and you’ve probably all heard of him.

Robina, thank you for these beautiful words, whether you wrote them or not is immaterial, thank you for passing them on. I am not afraid of dying, in fact I look forward to seeing my loved ones who have gone before, it is the getting there which is the hard work and possible painful experience. One of my favourite quotes is the following. "When love is true and faithful, it cannot be denied, we’ll walk in memories lush pastures side by side.