Send me butterflies

(Written because someone very close to me...has a terminal illness)

Let me drink in your smiles whilst we're together
Let me hold your eyes and remember them forever
Let me be close to you until we blend
Let there be laughter and joy until the end

Let me stay by your side as you die
Let my love be enough when you cry
Let me smile as my heart aches and grieves
Let me share God with you, before you leave

Let me be strong when the time comes
Let me be strong!
Let me be able to let go when you pass on
Let me be gracious as my heart breaks in two
Let me want to breathe, as each breath leaves you

Let me lay you to rest with Gods Grace
Let me always remember your face
Let me not hate God for taking you away
Let me not bargain and beg you to stay
Let me try to carry on each day.

Let me not grieve and become bitter when you leave
Let me be able to go forward and believe
Let me know we'll meet again, somewhere in time
Let me know my dearest one, that you are fine
Let me know, send me butterflies... as a sign.

Copyright © Helen Lewis 2011

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How to - Answers 6 years ago from Ireland

Very moving poem, I enjoyed reading it


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you 'how -to' nice to meet you - I look forward to reading your hubs.


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green tea-cher 6 years ago

Beautiful expression of your grief,brightforyou. I find it interesting that you chose a butterfly for a sign. I recently had a client of mine tell me that whenever she is missing her loved one( that passed away) a butterfly will appear as though to reassure her that he is fine. I'm linking your poem to mine "The Dreaded Words"

Thanks so much for sharing.


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi green tea-cher ~ I've heard that many times... butterflies or feathers. I am going to read your hubs on grief and "The dreaded Words" right now - thank you for your kind words and support!


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LaurieDawn 6 years ago

What a lovely poem! And a tribute to your loved one.

I enjoyed reading it, it was very inspirational.

Blessings,

Laurie


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi LaurieDawn, thank you for your kind words. Many Blessings to you too, Helen


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

Touching and honest. It is refreshing to experience through you the conflicting emotions...sad for your friend but trying to be up beat; dreading your inevitable loss but unwilling to wallow in self pity; fearing the future without your loved one but praying for a reunion in the afterlife...

This was a wonderful expression of the "survivor's song".

I wish you butterflies when you need them most.

CP


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Christopher, your comment is a poem in itself. Thank you for your appraisal which is exactly right about how I feel - and thank you for the butterflies, Helen


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

You are so beautiful! God bless Dear!


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Micky Dee, God bless you too!


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debbiesdailyviews 6 years ago

And now b4u, you make me weep too.

That was stunning.

You write with such honesty, and integrity, you make mere words into beautiful sentences.

When the enevertable comes, I wish you peace, and strength.


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Debbie for your kind words. I really appreciate your good wishes.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I wish I had butterflies to send you!


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Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

Mick, I'll bet you've given plenty of women butterflies in your time! LOL

Helen, I couldn't resist.

CP


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Now, now you two.. no fighting! Thanks for the light relief and for your kindness. Mickey doesn't mind a bit of ribbing now do you LOL... and I expect you've broken some hearts in your time Christopher, with your lovely words!


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leni sands 6 years ago from UK

Awesome hub - voted up! A friend of mine has just started chemo for pancreatic cancer. This poem has really moved me emotionally, it is a beautifully written tribute to friends and loved ones who find themselves in this situation.


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi leni, thank you for your kind comments. Your friend will be in my prayers - they have a difficult road ahead; but with Grace, love and friends, we can get through anything.


Phyllis Newland 6 years ago

Very moving and oh so beautiful. You have such a way with words. My prayers go out to the both of you during this time.


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Phyllis, thank you for your kind words... I really appreciate your prayers.


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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

Beautiful and so moving. May you capture a multitude of butterflies.


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi acaetnna, thank you for your lovely comment. I just want to view them though, not capture them; but I get the very sweet sentiment. Nice to meet you!


amorea13 6 years ago

Beautiful, tender and such senstitive words my dear Brightforyou - thank you - your heart moves through these words.


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi amorea13 thank you for vising and for your kind words..I look forward to reading your hubs.


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Cindy Letchworth 6 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

And when the butterflies come know and believe....for souls do send them to us from the other side...this I believe.

Thanks for bringing this poem to us.


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Cindy, I will believe. Thank you for your comments- I look forward to reading your hubs.


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MPG Narratives 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

Beautiful brighforyou, you have given us a small insight into your grief. May the butterflies be of comfort to you and your family.


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you for your comments MPG ~ I truly believe they will bring us comfort, thanks!


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DjBryle 6 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

I know I can't send true butterflies for you my friend, but I'll be sending you some in the form of prayers. Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem. Take care!


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi djBryle ~ thank you for your prayers and for your lovely comment. Blessings to you! Helen


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kirutaye 6 years ago from London, UK

Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

hi Kirutaye, thank you so much for your comment, You are welcome!


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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

This is a very lovely poem. I love butterflies, and this is so touching to read. Thanks for sharing it.


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hello oceansnsunsets - I am honored. Your hub on butterflies is amazing and I love what I have read so far. Thank you so much for your comments,

Helen


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

This is a beautiful expression of love shared day to day between two people the caring that you show here is so tender and loving. I really did enjoy reading this poem and I did a little dance on your buttons :D hugs :D


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Sage, thank you for your kind comments and for the 'dance on my buttons' ~ I feel better already! Hugs; Helen


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Secretmission 6 years ago from Sandwich

Such wonderful expression of love.Your words are beautiful.


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you for you kind comment Secretmission - welcome to HubPages, I look forward to reading your hubs!


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jill of alltrades 6 years ago from Philippines

I love your poem. It's so beautiful and moving!

Voted up and beautiful!


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brightforyou 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi jill of alltrades, thank you for your very kind comments and for the votes :-) Helen


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee

Very touching poem! Thanks for sharing!


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Ask_DJ_Lyons - thanks for your kind comments - I look forward to reading your hubs! :-)


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BenWritings 5 years ago from Save me from, Tennessee

I am simply blown away, and mesmerized by some of your work.

This nearly made me cry. so wonderful.

I usually am not so drawn to uplifting, or touching poems, but in your case... my jaw has been dropped

You write with passion, skill, and beauty. Thank you!!


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brightforyou 5 years ago from Florida Author

Hi BenWritings .. your comments are very complimentary - thank you. I write from the heart and I just let if flow. I can only write when I feel. I'm glad you 'felt' it. Thanks! :-) Helen

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