A Song of Living

Wow, I am a terrible blogger! It has been almost a year since my last post. Ekk! 2013 was a year of ups and downs for me. The ups: I moved back to California and my sister got married. The downs: my beautiful Nana passed away. I’m working now for a domestic violence prevention agency and the stories I hear can sometimes be gut-wrenching. I absolutely love to help people, but I am still learning how to separate work from home. It is the most fun – and most stressful job I’ve had. I’m sure there will be more work-related posts to come.

I want to leave you all with the poem I read at my Nana’s funeral. I think it depicts her life perfectly. She lived lived life to the fullest, and then suffered from Alzheimer’s, but now she is surrounded by peace.

 

A Song of Living

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

I have sent up my gladness on wings, to be lost in the blue of the sky.

I have run and leaped with the rain, I have taken the wind to my breast.

My cheek like a drowsy child to the face of the earth I have pressed.

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

I have kissed young Love on the lips, I have heard his song to the end.

I have struck my hand like a seal in the loyal hand of a friend.

I have known the peace of heaven, the comfort of work done well.

I have longed for death in the darkness and risen alive out of hell.

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

I give a share of my soul to the world where my course is run.

I know that another shall finish the task I must leave undone.

I know that no flower, nor flint was in vain on the path I trod.

As one looks on a face through a window, through life I have looked on God.

Because I have loved life, I shall have no sorrow to die.

Amelia Josephine Burr

 

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