WILL ONE DAY GO.

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A BOY AND GIRL AND HIS GRANDFATHER'S DEATH IN 1963

Submitted: October 03, 2012

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Submitted: October 03, 2012

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Sorry about
your granddad’s death
Judith said
as you stood

beside her
by the pond
at the back
of the house

in the woods
the autumn sun
lighting up patches
of the water’s skin

it was sudden
you said
my uncle told me
she took

your hand
in hers
and squeezed
her soft skin

on yours
her thumb
rubbing
the back

of your hand
best remember him
as he was
she said

living and smiling
not some place
lying dead
you nodded

trying
to conjure up
when you’d
seen him last

sitting in
the back garden
of his house
months earlier

talking
of his flowers
he’d grown
from seed

his white hair
moved slightly
by the breeze
he liked my new suit

you said
thought it looked smart
she kissed your cheek
and said

hold on
to things
like that
your memories

place them
in a drawer
inside your head 
a jackdaw flew

across the skin
of the pond
the black and white
of wings and tail

reflected
in the water
below
what comes

from God
she whispered
whether
nature’s beauty

or ones
we love
will one day
sadly go.


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