today is her day.
her closest family and everyone whose life she touched
will rise in a singular hope;
to share the essence of her place in our forever hearts.
countless photographs book marking her life
will hold up the very walls,
and each of us;
bereft in a
thick sea of longing and loss.
i will linger there, tracing the contours of her smiling eyes
savoring each missive; her history of love.
already my heart is crushing with the exquisite beauty of her;
and the ultimate bittersweet
there will be flowers, music, memories,
all chosen with the care
one bestows on newborns and last goodbyes.
all the moments in between..
all the words spoken and those left unsaid
this moment and then the next;
oh to live this mindfully through it all.
before i slip the black dress over my head,
i woke from a dream.
i watched myself walk into the room we will travel to today.
i moved through a crowd of her people
and there in a side chapel
standing all alone was my friend.
i rushed over to her side as she drank me in
with such savoring.
she opened her arms to pull me against her heart,
"there you are"
she exclaimed with a voice as sweet and warm as honey.
and we held each other
closer than close
completely wrapped in unleashed love.