The paper was yellow from age,
The handwriting looked shaky on the page.
It had been tied by a tattered ribbon of blue
Carefully tucked away for a later date it's
There was the distinct smell of peppermint.
I found myself drawn to the sentiment
That expressed to all a fond goodbye.
And a fervent plea not to cry
This was how the epistle read:
Cautioned "only for after I am dead!!"
Over thirty years ago I was asked to compose,
An epitaph or document of repose.
A difficult task I must declare .
Who else could adequately prepare
What I would want people to remember .
My friends, co-workers and family members.
I am a child of God, all that I am and all that
I have done.
I owe to the Lord and to His precious son.
I am first of all a wife and Mother according to
Then a nurse and devoted to service to my fellow
Anything else recalled is like frosting on a
The only serious comment can I truly make.
Is please remember I loved and was loved in
For, through love, it is Heaven we earn
I folded the paper like it was when I found it.
Mulling over what I had read and must admit.
It was clear and concise and to the point.
Taking steps not to disappoint.
Perhaps I'll put it away for a later time
Because I now realize it was mine
©Carol G Oliver RN
In Ecclesiastes 3, it says:
To every thing there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up
that which is planted;