March 10, 2011 § 2 Comments

In honor, in love, in memory, and in mourning.

Your glittering fingers
And clinking wrists
Shimmered with flittering hands,
Acrylic nails tapped
Your iced vodka tonic
With lemon, an orange, and a lime.

Mascaraed lashes
Smiled with questions
And always crinkled in laughter
And perfume lingered
Tied in my hair
Like ribbons from warm embraces.

Lipstick on glasses
And left on the cheeks
As memories scrawled in red liner
Cosmetics remembering
Conversations that echo
Remnants of a memoir unwritten.

The words we spoke
And the stories we shared
Faded to desperate prayers
When the demon you beat
Came back with a vengeance
Attacking your soul in futility.

The body was weakened
But faith always strong –
A valiant battle of swords,
Until swiftly in days
And a world away
Life was lessened to letters.

Fourteen letters
That fail to do justice
To the life they were honored to grace
A name etched in stone
Where the Earth mourns it’s loss
And scrawled where the Heaven’s rejoice.

The laughter, the love,
The soul they remember
Engraved now in stone and in flesh,
Carvings that echo
The life of a woman
And beauty I still miss so much.

So tonight I will order
My drink with a lemon
And a lime and an orange, here’s to you:

That I may sparkle
As you always did
Have half the strength you had,
With limited time
And unlimited love
To be remembered as you have.

Hundreds of memories,
Thousands of tears,
And all the love in the world,
That I, in my life
May trace the path
Of these fourteen letters in stone.



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