Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

How Shall I Remember You


How shall I remember you
as heavenward I gaze
through clouds of wispy ether
and shimm’ring misty haze.

How shall I recall your smile
through time’s fast moving pace -
remember then forever
your face, your gentle face.

What memories shall stir me
that we should never part –
what thoughts forever cherish
and hold within in my heart.

And shall the things that bound us
together through the years
remain to bring me solace
and ease away my fears.

Are they fixed within my heart
in this gold band I wear -
are they dancing in the wind
yes, shall I find them there.

I pray that they will never
be lost within the shade –
that they will shine forever
not fade, not ever fade.

How shall I remember you -
within the stars that gleam?
as an image in my mind -
a dream, just as a dream …..?

Submitted: Sunday, November 24, 2013
Edited: Sunday, November 24, 2013

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  • Joseph Anderson (11/30/2013 12:51:00 PM)

    May your memories be joyful and helpful in filling the void you must face-a beauty in tribute (Report) Reply

  • Terry M (11/29/2013 7:47:00 PM)

    I wish you the best, and I can tell you that your heart and your mind will remind you from time to time. (Report) Reply

  • Dinesh Nair (11/29/2013 8:39:00 AM)

    As long as your remembrance goes right by making you live ahead you are a winner Valerie. Your fond memories will be passed on to many of us indirectly who hold human relations great above all. Remember him and let the lost love be returning to you in another form to give a solace. (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Patrick (11/28/2013 5:09:00 PM)

    These are words that bring tears, though not to me, but to my heart bound in armour, well crafted and told with the pang of yearning, the idea of lost love immortal. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (11/26/2013 7:40:00 AM)

    Yes, that gentle face is etched in your memory! You have only happy memories to relate to him! So he will continue to blaze your path from an unknown corner! .... Absence makes the heart grow fonder... How true! ! A very moving write coming from the inner depth of your heart! (Report) Reply

  • Lucifera Santez (11/26/2013 7:05:00 AM)

    a heart breaking, beautiful piece.
    achingly beautiful.
    you are one of my favorite poets Val.
    i love this piece.
    :) (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (11/25/2013 4:42:00 PM)

    yes Val, this is how you should remember your love,
    by looking upward to heaven and
    see the stars gazing down at you...
    this poem is beauty from the heart :) (Report) Reply

  • Noreen Carden (11/25/2013 11:28:00 AM)

    Such a stunningly beautiful poem very touching and sad a beautiful read i give it a definite ten (Report) Reply

  • John Brown (11/25/2013 6:43:00 AM)

    True love is forever Val. Though physically parted, your love for each other remains, and always will. Beautiful poem, as always. (Report) Reply

  • Soumita Sarkar (11/25/2013 6:24:00 AM)

    Rapturous....TRUE LOVE BEAMING FROM EACH WORD, memories become storehouse of solace......KEEP IT UP! (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (11/25/2013 3:57:00 AM)

    Even if we forget details sometimes, the memories are still locked away inside ready to be reawakened by a place, a smell, a sound, a phrase or something intangible. Lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • Dee Corpolongo (11/24/2013 10:26:00 AM)

    Another beautifully written poem with such simple elegance and felt right in my heart.
    Val, I wish you all the needed strength it will take to help you with your loss Time will
    help, slowly, but the memories will always be {{{hugs}}} my friend.. (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Anderson (11/24/2013 9:48:00 AM)

    So delicately beautiful. With great simplicity you have crafted a poignant and moving tribute
    for your lost love. You truly inspire me (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (11/24/2013 6:45:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem which really moved me. Memories always stay locked in the heart and love never dies. Good write BB : O)) (Report) Reply

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