Just Another Angel: For my grandfather (NapoWriMo #6)

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Calligraphy by my grandfather. The first character is “silence”, the one in the corner is “beautiful”. It translates to English: “Silence is golden.”

though you are not here in total, and never will be again

you linger in my heart, and in my memories
no more conversations, or sitting by the tv
it is hard to accept that

i am sorry we didn’t spend our time like we should

with me around the globe, it’s hard
yet you traveled all this way once
and here we are now with everyone
but, it was too late

though your spirit soared, and your mind fought so much

you were leaving behind the air needed to breathe
no more medications to swallow or needles piercing through your skin

and you now fly high, i am pretty sure about that

but you leave us behind, with tears to shed and splinters of the past life you had

and we have to gather up the memories that lay broken on the floor
but you live always, in those whose very existence depended on you
those like me
you are up there with all the heavenly bodies

just another angel

watching our family peacefully

but to me, you are not another one of them

you were my grandfather,my one and only, and always will be

i love you

“To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die.” – Thomas Campbell

Published from September 1st, 2009.

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My grandparents flew to Canada once from Indonesia, and in 2009, our family from all around the world flew in to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. My grandfather had been ill, and his condition worsened while we were there. It was a very bittersweet trip and shortly after we landed in British Columbia, we received the news that Kong-Kong, as we called him, had passed away. I wrote him this poem. Today’s prompt to write a valediction, or poem of farewell, reminded me of it.

Thanks for reading,
thebookybunhead

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18 Comments

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18 responses to “Just Another Angel: For my grandfather (NapoWriMo #6)

  1. twoscamps

    Such a beautiful tribute to your grandfather. It brought tears to my eyes. I look forward to following your blog. Maureen

  2. I especially like this line: we have to gather up the memories that lay broken on the floor–wonderful tribute to someone who sounds very special.
    PS Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  3. I’m sorry to hear this. I love the calligraphy. There is so much beauty in language. It expresses so much.

  4. Random Boyd

    Beautiful tribute. Is that your chinese name, jing měi?

  5. A beautiful piece – a lovely title and emotional words.

  6. Adrian Michael

    Powerful. Thanks for sharing!

  7. This is such a touching and beautiful poem. A gorgeous, gorgeous tribute to someone you loved so much.

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