Thinking of Michael on his Birthday

Michael 1975 – 1985

Thinking of Michael today on what might have been his 46th birthday.

“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these;  It might have been.”

She sits beneath a massive oak
in the Garden of Noble Women
Garden of the Promise
for those who have borne the burden
yet never heard the word.

He never walked
or ever fed himself
He never saw the light
or heard a sound.
He never said the Word.

And when he died she buried him amidst her tears
in the Lands of the Lord Calvert
on the road to Padonia.
Now she sits in the quiet of a Summer’s day
waiting for the Promise to be fulfilled.

On the horizon
a kite and a little boy
running o’er the meadow
sun lit mop top hair
dancing in the breeze

part running, part falling toward her
little fingers of his left hand
leading the way
reaching for her
running like little boys run flying a kite.

And as she rose
on young legs
she moved toward him and saw the face of God
the same face, now perfect in His image.

And from his laughing face she heard the Word
the Word God promised
to those who bore the burden
yet never heard the Word.

“Mommy! Mommy!!”


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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6 Responses to Thinking of Michael on his Birthday

  1. beetleypete says:

    Happy birthday to Michael in Heaven, or whatever that is for him. Looking down on you, alongside his beloved mum. They are looking forward to seeing you again, but not too soon.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. jfwknifton says:

    My condolences.


  3. MeRaw says:

    Such lovely words.
    Happy heavenly birthday to Michael.
    Thinking of you.


  4. I’m always so touched by this remembrance. Sad but lovely.


  5. Jennie says:

    I think about Michael often, especially when you post photos of Clark. God has blessed Michael.

    Liked by 1 person

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