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For Erin
by Debra (DM) Kraft
Saturday, July 02, 2011
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An old poem, dusted off, discovered while archiving an old 3.5 floppy. And yes, Erin, you are still remembered!

For Erin


Erin was a smile and a friendly greeting,

born as much of inner strength as of inner warmth;

A smile that brought a touch of the sun into these gray walls.

Both contagious and courageous,

it could chase the shadows from our thoughts

and give us hope in the face of doubt;

it could help flowers to bloom

in the caverns of our hearts,

and even ease our burdens, if we let it.


It was a smile born of simple things,

of the ‘Sousa’ alarm on WQRS, and a mochachino in the morning,

a slice of Don Pablos’ apple pie for lunch,

a piece of chocolate, especially in the afternoon,

a box of pastries from Beaubien’s,

a new car, well bargained for.


It was a smile born of adventure,

of traveling abroad,

studying in Japan,

journeying to France, alone and uncertain.


Both classical and comfortable,

as much symphony as rock-and-roll,

as much fine wine as a friendly beer,

Erin was that ever-present smile and that always-friendly greeting.


That is how she will be remembered.

And that is why she will be greatly missed.



In memory of Erin Michelle Ryan Dice

Born July 2, 1972, Died August 25, 1996


Erin worked with me as a buyer in the purchasing department.  She joined the company in November, 1995. She died suddenly of complications resulting from lymphoma.


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Reviewed by Gregg Dice (Reader)
thank you, debra, for posting this lovely poem. time, and the mind, continue on without delay, but the heart is not so dispassionate. i was her husband, and tho time has passed, and my mind has the present and future to think about, my heart still aches over the past. because of this, every so often, i search the internet to see what may be there for her. i was so pleased to see your poem, and that she is remembered. thank you, again, so much. and to the others who remember her so warmly. and tho she journeyed to France alone, i was there waiting for her, the two of us enjoying 4 wonderful days in the City of Light. :-)
Reviewed by Gene Williamson
Debra, I love this tribute to Erin. May she live on in
your heart and the music she loved. -gene.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
a sweet tribute-so young to leave this earth
Reviewed by John Flanagan
This is a tender warm ode
to a fine human being and you've written
it with compassion and genuine love.

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