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Ski Jumps in Heaven
by Dawn Anderson
Tuesday, December 01, 2009
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Some of you have written me telling me that my recent poem about my son, Alex,does not show up on your screens...only the preface. For this reason, I am posting it again with a bit of a name change. It's too important to me to let it go unread. Thank you so much for taking the time to read.


My son Alex passed away six years ago this past summer, six months short of his twentieth birthday. On the fourteenth of this month, he would have celebrated his twenty-sixth birthday. This is for you, Alex...

I remember that February day

so well, and yet there are times

when it feels like a lifetime ago.

 

It was unseasonably warm

that afternoon, and I noticed

the resolve on your face each

time you took the lift to the top

of the slope.

 

You tried again and again

to glide over a make shift ski

jump a group of boys had made

earlier…but each time you fell short.

What made matters worse, your younger

brother accomplished it with such ease.

 

I watched as you struggled and

resisted the urge to continuously

shout words of encouragement.

 

You tried all afternoon…came

close so many times, but never did

quite make it. And I remember hiding

a smile on my face when you popped off

your skis and slammed your poles into a snow

covered mound, the look on your face fierce as

you headed into the lodge for hot chocolate.

 

It was one of the things I loved about you most…

your determination. Occasionally, I ask why it was

stolen from you so soon.

 

Still, I can’t help but wonder if there are snow covered

slopes with make shift ski jumps where you are now, and

I smile as I imagine you gliding over.

 

 

 

 



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Reviewed by Ed J.
I feel your loss deeply. Perhaps this in part of your heaven here on earth, knowing he is happy. I sure he is where he feels peaceful and happy, perhaps embracing his mother since it is where a child feels they are in heaven.

Stay well and keep writing

Ed
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Having lost my oldest son at 21, I can totally relate to this poem, Dawn. Spmehow I've never been able to write about it I'm glad you did , it is well written and made me feel comforted ,even though i can't say why. Thank you for sharing Dawn! Your picture is lovely!;-)

Eileen
Reviewed by Sheila Roy
Made me cry. I'm sorry you lost him. If there is snow in Heaven, he must have made that jump by now. No one squashes that sort of determination. Thank you for sharing this.
Sheila
Reviewed by Jerry Engler
Ah, Dawn,I do have it on my screen now. Actually, I think you may be correct here. God knows the heart of each individual human, and what it was they were needing or wanting when they died. He is the God of fulfillment..........Jerry
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope)
Very beautiful espceially,

Still, I canít help but wonder if there are snow covered
slopes with make shift ski jumps where you are now, and
I smile as I imagine you gliding over. enjoyed this Dawn



Reviewed by William Bonilla
Dawn
My heart and prayers go out to you and your family
Those wonderful memories you have of him are golden
treasure them as I know you are and will forever
Love & Peace be with you and your family

William
Reviewed by TONY NERONE
I am very sorry for your loss. Both you and your son will be in my prayers. You did the right thing by posting this beautiful piece.

GOD BLESS YOU
Tony Nerone
Reviewed by JMS Bell
I CAN ONLY IMAGINE HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS FOR YOU TO WRITE THIS PIECE...BUT I ALSO REALIZE HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS THAT YOU DO SO. THERE ARE NO WORDS THAT CAN REALLY COMFORT, BUT I DO WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT, FOR THAT EMPTY SPACE THAT SEEMS TO BE SLOWLY FILLING...I PRAY THAT GOD'S PEACE CONTINUES TO STRENGTHEN AND HEAL IN WHATEVER WAY YOU NEED IT TO. THANKS FOR SHARING AND GOD BLESS YOU.
JOYCE * HIS INSPIRATIONS
Reviewed by Kate Burnside
Perfection, we believe, awaits us in heaven but perfection also lies in the striving to achieve... since it is such an obvious strength in Alex, this determination, I, too, would like to think that, along with his Mom, there is a heavenly Father who had prepared just the right degree of test for him on his early arrival through the Gates... just the right degree to perfect in him that which was necessary to make him complete before allowing him the fulfillment of a well-deserved and hard-earned success. I think we can see where and from whom he gained his tenacity and clear-sightedness, Dawn. Even within loss, you still cut through the welter of emotions that press in to hone a memory, a hope, a bridge of thought that captures the spirit and vital energy of a young man you were blessed and proud to create. You see vividly both his well-formed attributes and his manhood still in the making. A clear-eyed mother's account of her offspring's potential as well as his struggles. I love that you have chosen to lay the gift of burgeoning future and strong attainment at his feet, rather than to hark back to perhaps romanticised memories of his childhood past. And so may he forever remain, just here, now, in this crystal moment where he is forever poised, even after his fifty-first attempt, ready and determined to accomplish his goals. Yes, Dawn, he has succeeded for certain sure. And you have to. You have lain down your grief and have chosen to glide over it to accompany Alex and in his honour. I salute you and know that every step of the way, it hasn't been easy. Yet, for his sake, you remember... and smile. A mother can do more more, selfless to the very last. Amazing write. You know my spirit is with you. xx
Reviewed by Ron Karcz
Beautiful, Dawn. Simply beautiful.

Ron
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone
Dawn,
This is such a heart touching poem. I cannot tell you how much I can feel your son's love. He was a blessing and his light still shines on within you. Lovely, lovely, poetry in honor of such a beautiful soul.
Much peace, love, and angel light for you today!
Amber
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan
This is such a sweet tribute-i am so sorry you lost your precious boy
Reviewed by Regis Auffray
Still, I canít help but wonder if there are snow covered
slopes with make shift ski jumps where you are now, and
I smile as I imagine you gliding over.

Such sweet and loving sentiments, Dawn. I send you love, peace, and blessings,

Regis
Reviewed by richard cederberg
So very touching Dawn.
To lose a child is a pain that
has no equal. We almost lost our son
Sean to renal failure when he was twenty.
Somehow a kidney was supplied from another
that had died and he still lives now with
hope in a brighter tomorrow.
Blessings to you
Light and Wisdom ...
r
Reviewed by F William Broome

Dawn - Surely, you feel my heart beating for you as I absorb these beautiul words of love for Alex. They are a mnumental eulogy! - Bill !













































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Reviewed by L Hippler
Beautiful memory, Dawn. And told from the heart.
Reviewed by Art Sun
Such loving thoughts Dawn, we can only read into your words and are such a distance from your pain, the loss of someone close is a trajedy, and even more so when a mother loses her child, I am deeply saddened and yet feel that smile you express through your poem a display of courage and strength that we have grown accustomed to knowing...

peace and love...

Art Sun...
Reviewed by Gianetta Ellis
Dawn, this is beautiful. My heart opens and I feel the love and the ache as I read your words and feel the beat from between the lines. There are no words I can offer, no ultimate consolation. There is only resonance, deep and moving. I wish you peace as you move toward an ever-expanding connection within the love between you and Alex.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed
Your motherly love truly shines here, Dawn. And once again, so very sorry for your great loss.
Reviewed by Carol Grace
Dawn, thank you for sharing your heart in such a beautiful way. I pray that today God would envelop you with His love, His peace and His comfort. Carol
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader)
Sad kudos the second time around, Dawn.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
(((HUGS))) love and prayer - please accept my condolences - words fail. :(

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse
Dawn, feeling your enduring grave of sorrow transcends deeply
and also the innate beauty of your eternal love for your son
keeping him close inside your heart & your thoughts
Peace, Love & Inspirations
Vickie
Reviewed by Liana Margiva
Sad, very sad.............. Liana Margiva
Reviewed by John Flanagan
Yes, Dawn, the truth and beauty of memory and appreciation.
Thank you for re-posting with the full text.

John
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle
A moving and excellent poem.take care of yourself
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