Before You Went Away

Jane Clemons

You have passed on, and traveled so far...

Do you hear the angels sing ? Is your name on a star ?

For you Irene, there was laughter and pain....

In having known you, it was all for my gain.


What is it like on the other shore

Where your eyes no longer cry, 

and your knees hurt no more ?

You said that you were old and weary 

and that your eyes were blurry

Now my eyes blur with tears

as I will miss you deeply

My tears fall


We spent the afternoons wiling away the day

When evening came, there was nothing left to say


Tell me what heaven is like....

are your favorite robins there ?

Do the flowers the rivers flow ?


What is it like to live in God's light

where there is no more darkness or pain ?

Do you walk the streets of gold,

only to share in God's grace all over again ?

I wish you could have told me these things...

before you went away.


I'll see you one day after I am old.

I am told that my knees will begin to hurt

and I will feel weary.

My age will show, and my eyes will be blurry.


So I'll be seeing you one day,

where the birds always sing,

and the streets are made of gold.


I will miss you, Irene, dear friend

You were a constant in my life...

and I loved you 

What can I say ...

Things were so different then...

Before you went away

  • Author: Jane Clemons (Pseudonym) (Offline Offline)
  • Published: February 22nd, 2022 04:36
  • Comment from author about the poem: This poem is a tribute to my elderly friend who passed away recently. I read this poem that I had written in her memory at her graveside funeral service
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  • L. B. Mek

    a beautiful elegy, thanks for sharing
    may she rest in peace

    • Jane Clemons

      Thank you. She was a beautiful person

    • Dove

      It's a beautiful poem! Heartfelt ! I know what its like to lose a friend.. Though it wasn't of old age... Best to u

      • Jane Clemons

        Thank you for your nice comment. It has been 10 months since Irene's passing, and I still miss her to this day ! You thoughtfulness is appreciated !

      • Rocky Lagou

        Wow. I also posted about loss today, seems like we were connected. I totally understand how loss can affect a person's mental state and emotions. I hope you've had time to recover from the loss. You are loved! 💖

        • Jane Clemons

          I will certainly go on and read your post today ! Thank you for your kind comment. Without having read your poem yet today, I will share with you something I read once that may comfort you today: "I can't imagine life without you, but I can imagine heaven with you "!

          • Rocky Lagou

            Wow! What a powerful message! Thanks so much for the upliftment! 💖

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