In Memory Poem

This is a poem I wrote in memory of my sister in-law Robin Blevins who lost her life to cancer at a young age, leaving behind three children and 10 grandchildren. Robin found peace in her garden, and it showed her flowers were beautiful. We all miss you Robin, meet you at the gate...

Meet You At The Gate

© Barbara Bailey
A beautiful garden now stands alone,
missing the one who nurtured it
But now she is gone,
Her flowers still bloom, and the sun it still shines,
But the rain is like tear drops, for the ones left behind,
The weeds lay waiting to take the gardens beauty away,
But the beautiful memories of its keeper are in our hearts to stay,
she loved every flower even some that were weeds,
So much love she would plant with each little seed,
But just like her flowers she was part of Gods plan,
So when it was her time he reached down his hand,
He look through the Garden searching for the best,
That's when he found Robin, it was her time to rest,
It was hard for those who loved her, to just let her go,
But God had a spot in his garden, that needed a gentle soul,
So when you start missing Robin, remember if you just wait,
When God has a spot in his garden, She'll meet you at the gate....

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Published: Jul 2007

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  • What an awesome poem, I was so touched it brought tears to my eyes. I felt like I could almost see her waiting at the gate to welcome all her loved ones home. Please keep writing as your poems are so inspiring.
    Helen

    Helen Hassey Submitted Sep 2008
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  • A very touching poem. When we leave those we love in the garden of love that we had on earth, it is a comfort to know that we go to God's Garden of Love in Heaven for eternity. God Bless!

    Ronald Doe Submitted Dec 2008
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  • This is so inspiring
    I'm 16 years old and I cried like an infant

    Keep it up!

    God is always the answer
    so nobody lose faith
    even after a loved one has passed away!
    never ever ever!

    Carlos Ponton, CA Submitted Mar 2010
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  • I too lost a child, and this July 5, will be the first anniversary of his death. My son was only 23 years old when he succumbed to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). I miss him very much but I know he is in a better place. He was married but only for 9 months. I found out he had leukemia in Dec.2008. He called me from the hospital he was in. He went through many chemo treatments, took 12 different medications a day. He was matched for a bone marrow transplant but couldn't get the leukemia into remission. I belong to a group that is for parents who have lost children it gives me the needed support I need. I loved him very much and he was far too young and had a whole life ahead of him . So to all who have lost children God Bless you all and may he be with you .

    Debra Hall, Batavia NY Submitted Jun 2010
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  • I have to say this is one of the best poems I have read, It brought me tears and hope for all the loved ones I have lost. Keep writing as your poems bring hope to so many, you're an inspiration thank you for sharing...

    Tammy Ludder Submitted Jul 2010
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  • What a honor to have my poem be poem of the week, the thing that makes it most special is that this week is the 4th anniversary of my sister-in-laws death she died on the 4th of July. Thanks to all that voted

    Barbara Bailey Submitted Jul 2010
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  • this poem has really touched me I had a few tears in my eyes but I handled myself.
    I am so sorry about your sister-in law may she rest in peace where ever she goes!!!
    GOD BLESS HER XXXXX
    .R.I.P. xxxx

    Attia Submitted Jul 2010
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  • It's so strange, because my mother passed away a few months ago. Her name was Robin Blevins and she also succumbed to cancer. She did have 3 children, but only 1 grandchild. It's an odd coincidence, but nevertheless this is an awesome poem and reminds me of my own mother.

    Brianna Blevins, Oklahoma Submitted Aug 2010
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  • I shared this poem today at my sister's memorial in Navarro California and substituted the name to fit the occasion (Laurie instead of Robin). The feedback was incredible and I was so proud to have been able to touch people on that occasion. By the way I did start out with the title and "written by Barbara Bailey".

    Kathy , Windsor CA Submitted Sep 2010
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  • I am truly touched by this poem, I lost my Mama, December 19th, 2011, it seems like yesterday, but she truly loved her garden as she was truly a flower from Heaven.
    Love you Mama and will miss you always.

    Kamele, Montego Bay, Jamaica Submitted May 2011
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  • I Lost my Nan on the 1st of January 2004. I was 13 when my Nan sadly passed away I love her so much she was/ is my best friend. I did not have no one to talk to over the gates opened up to her. I knew she was going as she had cancer. I last saw my Nan on boxing day 2003 and all I said was love you. I wasn'tt aloud in hospital to see her and I couldn't say goodbye. This poem made me cry. Love you Nan R.I.P.

    Amy, Middlesex Submitted Sep 2011
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  • I am now 80 years young married for 51 years four wonderful children. God gave me poetry as a gift at the age of 75. I never could write anything in Highschool. I write almost all of my poems at about 3 or 4 AM as God inspires me. They cover many topics but are almost all spiritually centered. It is my hope that they will lead some-one to the Lord and give them hope peace and joy.
    I found this site by accident but I share the love of words well said from the heart.

    Jim, Rockville IN Submitted Feb 2012
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  • Have to say I loved this poem... I also used it and substituted my mother in-laws name in place of Robin.. This poem fit's her to a T and miss her very much.. Keep writing poems as they are great ...

    Joeseph Macleod, Binghamton, New York Submitted Apr 2012
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  • This is truly beautiful! My mom also had an amazing garden! But sadly she lost her battle with lung cancer last month! Her flower still shine and they are a blessing and comfort to myself and my sister! A beautiful tribute to your loved one!

    Dana Satterfield, Loganville Ga Submitted May 2012
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  • I was looking for a poem that I could to share at a friend's funeral and with changing the name to hers I feel this is perfect I did give the credit to you because you deserve it for this great poem I'm still crying.

    Stacy, MI Submitted Jun 2012
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  • This poem really touched me today. This morning I found out I lost my aunt who help raised me as child.

    Thank You for sharing this....

    Jason Kapadia Submitted Jul 2012
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  • Even though this is about your sis-in-law, I lost my Mom when I was 12 in a tragic car accident. I am going to read this poem when I get ready to graduate from college in 4 more years.

    Nicole, Merrillville Submitted Nov 2012
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  • I lost my mother a year ago and what a beautiful poem of comfort. She was from MI and the robin is their state bird. Every year my mother taught us the joy of seeing our first robin every year. It meant spring was right around the corner. My mother loved nature and gardening. Thank you for such a comforting poem!

    Susan McKay, CA Submitted Jan 2013
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  • My poppy.
    Where do I start.
    You were a man of words,
    Always smiling, laughing and most of all loving.
    I know the pain won't go away for me overnight but I know the best place for you is now with God, I didn't want you to suffer neither did anyone else, you'll always have a hole in my heart, if you ever feel like coming back. I love you pop and always will.
    May you rest in peace in heaven now.
    Never ever forgotten. xxxxx

    Zoe Lee Submitted Mar 2013
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  • I lost my daughter NICOLE in a traffic accident (July 2010) when she was only 10 years old. My life have changed I am living in much pain day after day. She was everything to me I love her so much and miss her badly. She is an angel in heaven praying for me and I feel her spirit around me. The worst thing that a parent will have is loosing her child. God bless all those parents who are suffering. When I read these poems tears came to my eyes.

    Pauline, Malta Submitted Jul 2013
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  • This is the perfect poem, my aunt lost her life to cancer in April of this year. Today is her birthday. When she wasn't sick she had the most beautiful garden and she loved it more that anything, besides her family of course. I read the first three lines and began to cry. I can see her ready, waiting for me when it is my time also, she was only 50 and today would be 51, not a single day has, or will even go by in which I don't miss her. Thank you-

    Jessica Ny Submitted 11/9/2013
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  • A sweet lady in our Church has lost the battle of cancer. Over the 20 years I've known her, I never heard a harsh word from her to any one. She was the one we could count on to love and show love to those, others wouldn't even talk to. I once heard a young girl ask her "When I go to Heaven, will God have my puppy there for me?" Debra answered, "Hunny I think God loves you enough that if you ask Him, He will surely have your puppy for you". I'll never forget the gentleness of this kind loving lady. This poem is about Debra, thank you to the writer.

    Wrens GA Submitted 1/2/2014
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  • My sister passed away a week ago and I was trying to find a poem for her since she did garden restorations. When I saw this I just knew it was one I needed to share at her funeral. When her step-son read the poem by Barbara Bradley then inserted my sisters name it touched all our hearts. Thank you so much for writing such a heart felt loving poem to remember those who loved to garden.

    Teresa, IN Submitted 3/10/2014
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