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The Funeral
by Leysa Lowery

Friday, November 15, 2002
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The air is heavy with the fragrant blooms
And the suffering of the ones left behind.
Whispering voices express concern, sadness
And the guilty relief that it is someone else
Who has passed. 
The organist plays dirges
Gracefully turning pages
The widow sobs, fearful of her next page.
Alone in the crowd
Each participant ponders the mysteries
Of life, death, resurrection.
Voices join in the remembered prayer
“Our Father, Who art in heaven …”
Mouthing the words
While hearts search for faith in the debris of death.
All eyes are on the pastor
Who answers the question all are asking:
Why would God take our friend so young?
Hope swells through the congregation
Awaiting the words from the messenger.
He smiles, and in a voice filled with passion says:
“God didn’t take him, my friends,
God received him.”

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Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 11/15/2002
:) Oh, Leysa, I remember this so well from my childhood, your imagery matches mine in so many ways!! 'Cept we had a priest, still, I have not been to a funeral in...over 15 years for a loved one, how strange, I am, how bound to this piece of land...inspirational muse has come bounding in, gotta go "listen", and think, thank you!!

Reviewed by Lady Peg (Reader) 11/15/2002
Yes sad and thank you so well done this was....
Reviewed by Sage 11/15/2002
Meaningful write,well expressed
All the best Sage
Reviewed by Roger Ochs 11/15/2002
Thank you for a this one.
Reviewed by Valerie Roeske 11/15/2002
absolutely beautiful, a nice understanding of death
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 11/15/2002
a sad write, to be sure, but the ending was absolutely beautiful! it took the reader from grief and sadness to ultimate hope in what lies ahead! great write, leysa! love, your friend, karen lynn. (((((((((HUGS))))))))))
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