Where did they go so soon?
Mother and father, aunts and grandparents,
Favorite great-uncle with all his stories,
even if we had to stay out of their yard.
That other uncle who taught their
poodle to say prayers on our redwood stool.
Those events that zipped by, but now are cherished
gems of nostalgia warming my heart.
Even though ever more of them are gone,
the memories tell me that I was part of
a large loving family with much shared joy.
The few remaining should know how special
those memories they made are in the present time,
with so much impersonal brutality coming at us.
Slogging into an ever-uncertain future,
more and more value resides in a
often-wonderful past enjoyed by us.
Even though childhood is peppered
with the urgency of getting to school,
sports practice, this or that or summer camp,
some specific moments of warmth
are irreplaceable, and so valuable.
Thanks to our relatives our lives seem
ever more special and blessed.
- may you be so fortunate.
Rest in Peace, Marilyn