Tuesday, 9 December 2014

A candle was lit

'Lily my flower'
Her Grandmother who'd named her that
Had been called to God

Now everyone wept
Lily and the congregation
At the funeral

Some words were spoken
The congregation sang hymns
It was Lily's turn

A candle was lit
And Lily carried it up
To say her goodbye

She didn't look sad
As she thought of her grandma
For she was smiling

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  1. Heart wrenching but wonderfully constructed

  2. Parents are so much harder to lose (at any age) than Grandparents. I'm sure as a child Lily has more of spiritual view on the whole death and dying experience than we would. Lovely haiku.

  3. Good read, O.E. Children may accept death and dying easier than adults. Our five-year-old KP wanted to make sure of the details were certain. Then after hearing that she was right about Doggie Heaven she cheered up completely.

  4. This was beautiful, Old Egg! Children do have a much better approach to the realities of living and dying, once explained to them. Most certainly they mourn the loss of loved ones, but they don't view death with the morbidity that we do as adults. Lily carried warm thoughts of her grandmother, and in doing so smiled. That is as it should be, good memories to fill the heart. Beautiful post for Two Shoes Tuesday, thank you, Old Egg!

  5. Lily knows the essence - she was thinking of all the love. So beautiful, Robin.

  6. This made me cry. Of all of your poems, this is my favourite. Peace,

  7. Beautifully expressed.
    So true.
    Soul never dies. Her grandma must have seen the candle meant for her...

  8. Children are of much wiser than the adults around them.