This was first written by Alastair on 31st August, 2020, yet this is a beautifully timeless piece that we hope you will enjoy reading.
Hi Mum and Dad
Long time no see as the saying goes
But it doesn’t seem like long
So much has been going on
And I think of you frequently
And feel sorry that you are still sitting on the front room bookshelf
I want to get to Ireland and the Mournes to release your ashes to the wind
On Round Seifin
Where we first climbed as your young family
Finding sweet caches of encouragement on the way up
It’s not going to happen this year, not with lockdown
That’s a word you will not be familiar with
But in the way of things
The interconnection of everything
There may be some way that you are aware of the situation
It has been strange
But nowhere near as strange as being without you
I miss you very much and have not managed to deal with the loss of you yet.
Once I can give your ashes to the mountain wind
I think, I hope
That I will feel better
Even maybe closer
As I will then know
That you will have full freedom
To interact with everything else in this universe
And not be confined
By a plastic box.
I wove a tapestry about you
About your transformation –
It has sound with it
I wanted to describe where I thought you had gone
With the rest of the universal molecules
I wanted to describe your
Transition to another state
I am really pleased with it
In all those ways
I hope you would like it too
And, perhaps, recognise it
It holds you and us
Thank you so much to Alastair for this beautifully expressed poem. For us, this poem perfectly encapsulates the consistency of grief and the constant loss we feel.
If you would like to read Alastair’s first post, you can click here.
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