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Yesterday Happened So Fast

Yesterday Happened So Fast
                                                          Authored by Chuck Keys 

Yesterday happened so fast I lost track of myself.
I was standing behind you, where you sat, so small, frail and warm, tenderness radiated about you.
Nearer to fear and farther from joy, aware of your future, 
Worried you were about us all, pleading forever more – but always with us.

There was the scent of a burning candle coming from the back of the room.
Sitting in the front, you had so much to tell the ones you loved.
Your body unwilling, but your spirit awake and searching for release. Always the maestro, your message orchestrated in softness and form, clear at last.  
We all heard.  Worried you were about us all, pleading forever more – but always with us.

You spoke; the stress in your now soft voice, still assertive and emotive, 
Your  eyes protecting and loving all the more, Inside of you were all those you loved …. all in sync as one.
In the room, the brightness of the roses, the fresh-air scent of the surrounding greenery contrasted with your pallor, yet
Worried you were about us all, pleading forever more – but always with us.

What you left behind was so much greater than what you came with, 
A minion of love, with a flair of passion and taste, surrounding your soon departure in tears.
I saw you move one last time as I now see your spirit flowing thru the present, with all ……… 
     Dressed in silly colorful lacey hats, 
          Victorian multi colored puffy dresses, 
              windblown red flowing hair with your red freckles, 
                    decorated multi-shaped filled bags in hand, 
                         bright flowers 
                              and wide smirky grins.
Worried you were about us all, pleading forever more – but always with us.

I wonder if you knew what followed after your departure, 
Endless gentle blue sky, bright sun; wild flowers, life and love beyond.
You were conducting. Your minion lives on without but with you always, 
All of us sharing and loving and of how 
Worried you were about us all, pleading forever more – but always with us.

In remembrance of Sonia Slobojan Swigart and dedicated in her memory to the Slobojan Family:  
Catherine, Steph, Danny, Danielle, Sherry, Denny, Suzy, Norman and to Mary, my wife and loyal friend to all.  
May Sonia always be remembered as she lived, “fun to the bone.”


Copyright © Chuck Keys

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  1. Date: 10/16/2014 3:25:00 AM
    Written with such raw emotion. Simply beautiful and heartbreaking Chuck. Take care.

  1. Date: 6/15/2010 6:33:00 AM
    Good morning Chuck how are you doing this fine day,,hope you are doing fine..And thank you so much for the advice ,,,you are a wonderful friend and poet,,,,,really glad you like my presence here at the soup...I am sure going to enjoy our friend ship,..yes and the name is only for a short time,,, till all the bad poets leave me alone,,,got ta go,..luv p..d

  1. Date: 5/19/2010 3:36:00 AM
    well done on the dedication, sad but a very excellnt job,..p.d.

  1. Date: 5/17/2010 3:04:00 PM
    What a great honor and tribute to a departed friend and to her family and friends..Keep the creative pen flowing..I sent you soup mail...Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my work..Sara

  1. Date: 5/10/2010 10:48:00 AM
    wow this is a great deddown to the choice of every last word! i really loved this beautifull poetry and am sorry for your loss. jo

  1. Date: 5/9/2010 5:41:00 PM
    nice dedication poem, enjoyed, need to put a break in your long line so it is easier to comment on thanks! :)

  1. Date: 5/9/2010 1:02:00 PM
    Watching someone die is not easy, Chuck, but in some ways it can be a beautiful exprerience. I love the way you describe Sonia's passage to the next life in your incredible poem. Very moving! Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 5/9/2010 12:55:00 PM
    What a wonderful tribute. I bet her family is comforted by this poem. Thank you for sharing this story with us and for your kind comment. Keep on writing. Karen

  1. Date: 5/9/2010 9:53:00 AM
    Yes, I agree--what a well written, wonderful tribute and dedication. Chris.

  1. Date: 5/9/2010 9:48:00 AM
    what a beautiful dedication