Helen, now you are safe
From the mortal storm.
When the final leaf was
Torn quietly from the tree,
We watched in awe
It’s upward flight
Into a measureless sky.
You did not fly alone.
We feel barren without you, but
You have left behind a life
Written unforgettably on our hearts.
Thank you for your sunlight,
The gentle way you let
Each of us know that we mattered
More than our mistakes or our neglected duty.
You have left behind emptiness, but
The lesson of your absence teaches us
The purpose of grief, the true meaning of love.
And though we can no longer find you here,
You have returned to your real home,
The place you came from, and in a way, never left,
A place we may all call home one day.
Watch for us. We hope to join you there.