Tuesday 25 September 2018

Dear Janel

by Lynne Zotalis

Greatest Grandma Ever, Most Amazing Mom, Devoted Daughter, Steadfast Sister, Faithful Friend, Committed Caregiver, and my incredible cousin
What happens when we lose someone? What are we supposed to do? How do we live with that void in our lives? When does it become true?
through each and every spirit woven together with hers
our love will feel them [all] still in hearts
that cannot deal
with absence so unreal
Their presence so profound, enduring energy flows,
life is not just gone, but it is beyond
anything we know
I dare to ask and question why
someone so marvelous, wonderful, spectacular,
selfless is taken in her prime,
before her time,
the answer cannot justify the pain
left in those bereft  
we who will ever admire and adore such beauty of soul,
whose laughter rang with happiness and joy,
whose encouragement and support were always at the ready
for everyone except herself
forever amid gatherings of family so precious and integral to her existence
a legacy and example for those of us here
a gift to behold for all who were privileged to have known
our own, our cherished, our dear Janel

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As a freelance contributor and member in the Iowa Poetry Association, Lynne Zotalis’s poetry has been published in Lyrical Iowa for ten years running. She is a member of the Peace and Social Justice Writers Group at the Loft in Minneapolis, MN, with contributions to their chapbook and Turning Points: Discovering Meaning and Passion in Turbulent Times. Her poetry has appeared in Tuck Magazine and Poetic Bond VII, and Lynne was one of six winners of the RH Cunningham short story contest published in the book Life Dances. All available on Amazon.

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