As They Open Their Eyes

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
Written and given in comfort to the widows and families of five men who died when their single-engine Beech Bonanza crashed on Holston Mountain in Tennessee on September 1, 2007. One of the deceased and his wife were a longtime friends of mine. Poem is based on the Bible’s description of the condition of the dead and the hope of their resurrection to a paradise earth.

Submitted: December 28, 2009

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Submitted: December 28, 2009



As they open their eyes, they will be in amazement
That they are again all alive.
They’ll perchance recollect some of what had just happened
Before that most perilous dive.

As they open their eyes, they will not see the damage
Or mass devastation or death.
They will not feel the injuries they were expecting
As they draw their very next breath.

They’ll remember how each of them grabbed one another
And prayed as they bowed t’ward the floor,
Gerald Booth, Leon Rosko, Craig Clark and Jim Osborne
And Randy Walp, seconds before.

For you see, as their eyes shut in those fleeting moments,
What followed was instant, quite true.
And the very next moment, to them, understand,
Is a comfort to me and to you.

For their sense of foreboding will now be forgotten,
With no hint of anticipation.
And they’ll thank their Creator and Heavenly Father
And sense a deep exhilaration!

And they’ll look all around them, observe their surroundings,
And see every loved one and friend
Running headlong to greet them and welcome them back
To a life filled with love without end!

© Copyright 2020 Laura Eggers. All rights reserved.

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