In Memory Poem

I wrote this poem so that I could try and lift my spirits when I miss my loved ones very much. To suffer loss is such an awful experience, sometimes you have to experience bad times to know how a good time feels. I try remember the good times, you'll need them to be able to look back and smile....

My Memory Library

© Sarah Blackstone
Imagine if I was given one moment,
just a single slice of my past.
I could hold it close forever,
and that moment would always last.

I'd put the moment in a safe,
within my hearts abode.
I could open it when I wanted,
and only I would know the code.

I could choose a time of laughing,
a time of happiness and fun.
I could choose a time that tried me,
through everything I've done.

I sat and thought about what moment,
would always make me smile.
One that would always push me,
to walk that extra mile.

If I'm feeling sad and low,
if I'm struggling with what to do.
I can go and open my little safe,
and watch my moment through.

There are moments I can think of,
that would lift my spirits everytime.
The moments when you picked me up,
when the road was hard to climb.

For me to only pick one moment,
to cherish, save and keep,
Is proving really difficult,
as I've gathered up a heap!

I've dug deep inside my heart,
found the safe and looked inside,
there was room for lots of moments,
in fact hundreds if I tried.

I'm building my own little library,
embedded in my heart,
for all the moments spent with you,
before you had to part.

I can open it up whenever I like,
pick a moment and watch it through,
My little library acts as a promise,
I'll never ever forget you


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Published: Sep 2009

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  • This poem spoke to me for a cousin who is to bury his father the end of this week. He ask me to find a poem to read during the services. I know this poem will be a blessing to all who will hear it. Please let me know if it is okay to use for the funeral service. Thank you, Aleisha

    Aleisha Merritt Submitted Apr 2009
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  • This story touched me in a big way...... I loved the poem and how just unlocking the large chest of memories does help deal with the loss of your loved ones ..... my daddy passed away may 31 2006 my grandma passed away aug 09 2006 my best friend passed away march 1 2010 and so many others and pets I will always remember them and their memories will keep them alive

    Jennay Submitted Dec 2010
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  • Thank you so much for this poem. I was WOWED by it. I really touched me. My husband died next month will be a year and I can't believe that it has only been a year. But this poem has helped me. It really made me smile. Thanks again.

    Angelique Submitted Jun 2011
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  • I've lost a lover my very first love when I finally find him called to say hi. His step father tells me he is dead. now I'm lost and there's so many things I wanted to say and now my heart cries for my one true blue I miss you every single minute of every single second of the day .Your poem gave my heart a little piece of mind

    Felix,Paramount Submitted Sep 2011
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  • What a wonderful poem! My brother Brian committed suicide on 7-22-11. We haven't a clue why but I have the most incredible memories of our childhood, teenage years and beyond .. locked away in my little "library". He made me so happy and was so very kind to me. This poem is perfect for us ! Thank you Sarah.

    Diane Wurtz, Sioux Falls, SD Submitted Sep 2011
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  • Thank you for this poem, my mother passed away in June of this year, I found your poem and it said everything I wanted to say at her funeral. I didn't have the strength to read it myself, but the minister that did, gave it great justice and everyone remarked on it. I keep the poem in my faves "library" and when I am alone and quiet, reading it brings back lots of good memories. Thank you again for enabling me to say the things I couldn't say myself

    Sue,Shropshire England Submitted Dec 2011
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  • Have printed this for a friend who lost her son in tragic circumstances, hope this will help her and the family come to terms with their loss.

    Kathleen. Broadstairs Submitted Jan 2012
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  • Hello, I was moved by your poem. I would like to publish it in our quarterly newsletter for the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society. Thank you.
    Tim Jones

    Tim Jones, Milwaukee, WI Submitted Jan 2012
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  • Thank you all for your lovely stories regarding my poem. I didn't realize so many people would enjoy it.
    I'm planning on adding more of my poems soon.
    I like to make people smile inside, if only for a moment.
    Thanks again.
    Sarah Blackstone

    Sarah Blackstone Submitted Feb 2012
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  • Well, I just buried my son, only 26 years old - I know he's with God. But I am looking for a lot of words to comfort myself and family. This poem helps a lot right now.

    Pegg, Bronx Submitted Jul 2012
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  • Dear Sarah, thank you so much for such a lovely poem that expresses your feelings and how many of us feel as well. Moving on is very important in the healing process of loosing a loved one, and by focusing on the things that made you smile, laugh and even cry together they really do help. Today we buried both of my parents and I was searching for something to say at the Memorial Columbarium and this was perfect. It has been 4 years for my mom and 2 years for my dad, and we were finally able to put them to rest officially today on their anniversary (wedding) day. Trying to think of what to say after this length of time was hard, but your poem expressed how we are all feeling and I really say thank you from the bottom of my (and families) hearts. Each person took a copy home to record their own little library of things that meant so much to them. Continue to write and express yourself, you truly have a gift.

    Jackie Miller, Ft St John, Canada Submitted Sep 2012
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  • My mother in law's birthday is today and she passed away on 1 July 2012. This poem speaks to me and I am very comforted by it. I posted 8 lines of it on my Facebook page and those that asked where it came from, I told them your name. Forever grateful to you for writing this.

    Thomas Woodie Submitted Dec 2012
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  • My cousin, Terry, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer the first week of November. He passed away three weeks later. Your poem touched my heart. I am currently working on a book of stories/memories about Terry that I am collecting from family members. He had grandchildren that will not remember him in the years to come. This book of memories will hopefully serve as a "library" of memories for them. I would like to use your poem as a preface/forward to this book with your permission.

    Teresa Whitlock, Smiths Station, Al Submitted Jan 2013
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  • This poem really hits home. I watched my mother battle cancer until the end. She lost her battle 3 weeks ago. My father passed 2 years ago after being ill for years. This is one of the most beautiful poems I have ever read. Thank you for sharing.

    Libby Pedersen Submitted Jan 2013
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  • I loved your poem. I lost my Dad (58 years old) to a very rare cancer (Leiomyosarcoma) on January 4, 2013 and my aunt (54 years old) to breast cancer on February 19, 2013 and am having such a hard time with it. Your poem has helped me to remember to think of all the good times I had with them instead of just focusing on the loss. My step-mom, siblings, and I will be spreading my Dad's ashes in Utah in September and this would be perfect to read at it. Thank you!

    Heidi, Auburn, IN Submitted Apr 2013
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  • My dog got hit by a car like a week ago her name was Maggie. She was a puppy she was only one years one old, the car did stop she was a Coker Spaniel we are looking for one it is hard because I'm only seven

    Mia, Dallas Submitted 6/13/2013
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  • Wow..... still shocked by the responses from people far and wide.
    Anyone is welcome to use my poem as they wish, I just ask that my name is left underneath so I have the privilege of being a help during a sad situation..... I am genuinely elated that my words have been a comfort to anyone.
    Thank you :-) x

    Sarah Blackstone Submitted 8/20/2013
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  • Miss my parents. This is perfect. Thanks you.

    Dallas, London Submitted 1/17/2014
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