Sweet healing balm of love
Flowing free from God above
Slips into my spirit
As I drive along my way
To a place special from my birth
Of happiness and tears
Where family still resides
And love forever abides.
As familiar scenes come into view
Of places I once knew
I remember those who once lived there
And the days of youth so fair
When life was fresh and new.
Friends and loved ones
Long since gone from the scene
To greener pastures
Or to their heavenly reward
Are remembered for the special part
In the foundation of my youthful days
Who slipped into my heart
And forever stayed.
Nearing the home of my birth
The most precious place on Earth
Memories of "home" flooded my heart
And healing balm soothed my battered spirit
Bringing peace that only love can give
All the days we live.
Shucking the responsibilities
That weigh me down
Sweet relief was found
As time was spent with family, dear
Sharing time and love felt here
Visiting times of long ago
With thoughts of those we love so
When the pace of life was slow.
Love found in the past
More precious than silver and gold
Continues to flow
And fills our heart and soul
As generations of the past
And generations young and new
Connected by blood through our veins
And even more love ever ongoing
Heals like a soothing balm
As only love can.
ŠJane Ward Smith
September 14, 2009