Ode To Janna

Written in 1989 for my amazing best friend who was Russian. She was shot dead in her prime (45yrs old), in Africa, in 1988.


I brushed your hair back

Of course you won’t have liked that

I put some slabs of ice on you

Of course you won’t have felt that

I took you to church before your resting place

Of course you won’t have approved

I got your coffin built and painted in pastel blue and white

Of course you won’t have minded

I put your lovely portrait out

I know you would’ve approved

I got you rose petals for your last trip

I know you’d have liked that

I gave you your last bath

I know you would have preferred that

I put some coins “for the way they said” in your palm

I know you wouldn’t care

I sent you off as best as I could

I am sure you were there

Adieu my love, my mentor, my sister, my confidante

There’s been none like you


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ThussaysNanaMarie 5 years ago from In my oyster Author

Thank you Creativeone59 for stopping by. You inspire me. God bless you too.


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Thank you for a very touching send off for a dear friend. God bless you. creativeone59


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ThussaysNanaMarie 5 years ago from In my oyster Author

and thanks for telling me about the votes Happyboomernurse. I'm a grasshopper learner. Ill go back and vote on all the postings I have visited.


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ThussaysNanaMarie 5 years ago from In my oyster Author

Ahh thanks alot for that Happyboomernurse. When I posted it your piece came up. It was beautiful.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

What a moving and loving tribute to Janna. Your love and affection for her really shines through.

Thank you for sharing this. I voted it up, useful, beautiful, awesome and interesting.

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