"thankful that I knew you*
(in memory of Chadwick Boseman)
by Ruth Esther Gilmore
this morning I watched hope flutter by
on the wings of a monarch butterfly
and per definition it landed on the window sill
of my wounded bleeding heart
a never-ending blast of warmth
spread itself through the curtains
of my soul
deleting at will
I had started
to believe I would never lose the pain again
where can I hide to avoid the next silent arrow?
how should I deal with loss? how can
I find happiness without you? I
can only smile and remember our shared past
and be thankful that I knew you
*from the book braving life in these uncertain times (Geest-Verlag) by Ruth Esther Gilmore"
"My grandson adored you Chadwick! You touched so many lives and I just want to thank God for your spirit! I know you walked with God and he used you in a mighty way. I wish I could have said this in person, nut God knows my heart. Still praying for your beautiful wife and family! Rest in Heaven! Wakanda Forever!"