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Ode To Janna

Updated on January 14, 2012

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 6 years ago from In my oyster

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

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      benny Faye Douglass 6 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 6 years ago from In my oyster

      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 6 years ago from In my oyster

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

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 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.