Portia Lane

(California)

I Will Remember


When the heater is broken and the weather man predicts rain
I will remember the warmth of your love and allow it to sooth my pain
When the power is out and there is no candle to be found
I will remember the brightness of your smile and light will abound

When I can't reach the good plates you sat on the top shelf
I will remember your long legs and lanky arms and grab the plate myself
When I call out your name, forgetting you're no longer here
I will remember the gentle tone of your voice when you'd answer, "yes Dear? "

When the two bunches of bananas I bought begin to rot
I will remember you putting them in your spaghetti and laugh at that thought
When I realize I haven't had to put the toilet seat down in a while
I will remember over 30 years worth of you apologizing and without a doubt smile

When I remember the life we lived together
I will forget the pain of your death
And when we meet again in the future
The joy of our reunion will make me forget you ever left

Submitted: Sunday, July 14, 2013
Edited: Wednesday, June 04, 2014

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My great uncle recently died. I wrote this poem from the perspective of my great aunt. It will be in the obituary and read at the funeral.

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