You Aren’t Forgotten

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A boardwalk kiss sealed a love to endure

Two walked ahead holding a path secure

Too new to be taken away

From a life, a forever stay.

 

Seven years of longing and want for what was meant to be

Lonely nights and prayers for no one else to see.

A voice not forgotten or ever felt in taunt

Only a whisper that let her know, he heard her want.

 

Her words written, released a lonely fear

Knowing he lingered, waiting near.

Her hand held now by the one who knows

How her heart held on until the moment chose.

 

A boardwalk kiss sealed the love that endured

Two walk ahead together, love freed and insured.

 

There are people who come into your life and leave a mark that can never be taken away.  Katherine was a such a person.  The day she walked up to my door and presented me with a plate of brownies (14 years ago) and quickly left was a beginning of something that I had no idea would impact me the way it had.

Katherine has been gone nearly 7 years now.  I talked to her about an hour before she met her last day here on earth.  That day I walked into her house and saw her work badge and mail of the day laying on the table, knowing it would never be touched by her again was a day, I’ll not forget.  Of course, walking by that table without anyone touching it for over 6 months is a bigger mark yet.  On a day, when I finally took it upon myself to start closing up her house, I began to know her even better.

The photo is Katherine’s and Scott’s wedding day.  I wasn’t there for the wedding, but she told me about it many times.  Her love for Scott filled a room and overflowed when she talked about him.  Her grief for him, filled the entire world outside their home.  I didn’t ever get to know Scott.  He had passed away several years before I met Katherine.  He was in his 30’s and died of cancer. Their story was in their house, portrayed in so many ways.  They will not be forgotten.

4 thoughts on “You Aren’t Forgotten

  1. There is so much more to her story. She was a courageous woman who fought her way through depression and other mental illnesses. At the time of her death she was preparing for a 5 k run and was taking part in community events. That was HUGE for her. I have tried twice to write her story. I have bits and pieces of it. It became too emotional so I put it to the side. I am retiring from education this year and will take some time to continue getting it down on paper. Her story is an important one for many others to hear. I have placed a couple of things under the “Vagrant Winds” tab on my front page.

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