Sunday, July 27, 2008

SHOULD YOU GO FIRST AND I REMAIN


PAINTING BY LYNN PITTARD















Should You Go First
By A.K. Rowswell

Should you go first and I remain
To walk the road alone,
I'll live in memory's garden, dear,
With happy days we've known.
In spring I'll wait for roses red,
When fades the lilac blue,
In early fall, when brown leaves call
I'll catch a glimpse of you.

Should you go first and I remain
For battles to be fought,
Each thing you've touched along the way
Will be a hallowed spot.
I'll hear your voice, I'll see you smile,
Though blindly I may grope,
The memory of your helping hand
Will buoy me on with hope.

Should you go first and I remain
To finish with the scroll,
No length'ning shadows shall creep in
To make this life seem droll.
We've known so much of happiness,
We've had our cup of joy,
And memory is one gift of God
That death can not destroy.

Should you go first and I remain,
One thing I'd have you to do:
Walk slowly down that long, lone path,
For soon I'll follow you.
I'll want to know each step you take,
That I may walk the same,
For someday down that lonely road
You'll hear me call your name.

39 comments:

Nola said...

How touching; now I am crying like crazy! That poem touched my very soul, reminding me of the loved ones who have gone first. Thanks for bringing them back to mind and heart! Have a beautiful day.

Eve said...

You too, Nola. It was one of my Mama's favorites too.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

A beautiful poem, Eve. The painting you chose to go with it illustrates beautifully the hope that we have in seeing our loved ones again! Thank you for such an uplifting blog!

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Anonymous said...

this was just sung on Gathers Gospel hour, what a blessing. I will never forget this poem, and it will be part of us until the end.

Munk said...

The poem is so touching, with beautiful, comforting images, and is a soothing balm of healing sentiments. But I'm disappointed by the word "droll", which I find jarring and I don't understand the choice.

Anonymous said...

I am planning my own funeral, my husband passed 2and a half years ago, he took his own life, I am wondering ... is this poem appropriate to use in my funeral program along with a picture of both of us?
Thank you very much.
Diane

CV said...

Brings back memories of long ago. Sad but beautiful.
And to Anonymous, my answer would be yes.
And to Munk, another similar word could be 'odd' but the droll fits the ryhme.

Sarah Miller said...

You too, Nola. It was one of my Mama's favorites too.

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