The first of November was a very sad day for me – I lost a dear sister-in-law, a gracious lady who bore her debilitating illness for many years with patience and fortitude.
Through all her pain she had a ready smile, and always showed how much she cared for us, her family, and how much our welfare meant to her. She was an example to all of us. For me she was, and always will be, Mother Courage.
I dedicate this poem to her, with love.
TO GANJI WITH LOVE
Today the link snapped –
The golden bond that held us close.
They told me on the phone that you had gone;
For you, an end to pain,
For me, a grieving heart.
You were always there –
For me, for all of us.
Consoling in times of tears,
In our times of cheer.
The love you spread around
Was cherished by all of us.
You are gone now,
And have left a void so very hard to fill.
Farewell, I say with love,
You will live in many hearts,
I will long remember you,
My heart is with her husband Sus, her children Gihan and Manomi, and their families, her sisters, her brothers, her extended family. I know they will face their irreparable loss the way she would have wanted them to – with courage and equanimity.
Dear sister-in-law, may your wanderings in Sansara be short, and may you soon attain the Supreme Bliss of Nibbana.
By Verna L. de Silva