Dying Poem

Don't Remember Me With Sadness

At 96, I have been to many funerals and witnessed much sadness. I don't want that at my funeral, and I wrote the following poem to share with friends and family what I would like them to do.

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© more by Alora M. Knight

Published: October 2017

Let everyone gather
With no heartaches or tears.
Let the bright memories flow
From all the past years.

Let there be music,
Familiar old songs.
Let flowers stay in gardens
Where their glory belongs.

Let peacefulness reign
'Til the evening sun sets.
Let no words be unspoken,
Then there will be no regrets.

True love's everlasting
Through eternity.
So brighten the world
In remembrance of me.



Words have always been an important part of my life. My mother taught to read before I started school and coached me through winning spelling contests. I had to learn the meaning of the words, too. I've written books and articles for Salesian Inspirational Mission, Chicken Soup for the Sister's Soul, for newspapers and magazines, but receiving comments from all over the world because of Family Friend Poems has been my greatest pleasure. Knowing my words inspired, amused, and comforted is a great blessing. I will be 100 years old next year and have been fortunate to have been able to keep busy writing poems and creating crossword puzzles - over 1500. I will see what the future brings.

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