For Helen

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.

Michael James Fitzgerald

2 thoughts on “For Helen

  1. Patty Ann November 10, 2010 / 2:17 pm

    Love the sentiment and the poem. It is beautiful. We are the ones that mourn when they are gone. They truly are happier where they are and busy too. We however, still cling with faith and hope to our beliefs. They have the knowledge and assurance that they are real.


  2. Mary November 23, 2010 / 6:54 pm

    Thank you for posting this poem. I wanted to hear it again and was very happy to find it here. It does sum up the mixture of feelings that accompanied us following her quiet departure. I will always remember my Helen.


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