Superimposed Memories

Death…Finality. Memory chest sealed. Story concluded.

Ashes…What to say while scattering? Nothing seems to fit. Heart grieves.

Tears…Leak onto pillow. All parents gone. Only memories remain.

Recollection…Sitting vigil with Dad. Heart released IOU. He slipped away.

Longings…Life-giving words. Father’s words. Memories to embrace.

Regret…Parting words intended yet not said. By me. By Dad.

Lament…Sift through memories. Sit in sorrow. Mourn.

Afterlife…Mysterious portal. No more pain and debris. Restored.

Dad…In heaven. Loves well. Making eternal-home memories.

Overlay…A redeemed story over our story. Not denial. Healing memories.

Rewrite…Words from Christopher Robin. Pierce my heart. Imagine Dad speaking to me.

“If ever there is a tomorrow when we’re not together…

There is something you must always remember.

You are braver than you believe,

Stronger than you seem, and

Smarter than you think,

But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart…

I’ll always be with you.”

From Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne

Receive…Affirmation. Choose to accept. Dad loves me.

Thank you for inspiration @maryhelenmarten, The Rewrite via @red_tent_living  and beautiful poetry by @purely_hoping