Michael on My Mind


Michael on My Mind

His face still haunts me
This friend and for a short time, love.
So young and handsome
Full of life and hope and happiness
An image now frozen forever in time.
In service to his country, he perished
Struck down by the aggressor
In a country where he was sent to preserve the peace.
We mourned that one of our own was gone.
No more to laugh with us, no more to see the setting sun.
His passing seemed unimaginable.
War was something our fathers and grandfathers knew.
Not our generation, not our comrades.
Now more than 25 years after the event
As a mother of a son;
A son whose age is near to that of my fallen friend
I have only begun to comprehend the magnitude
of this tragic loss.
I see that he was just a boy,
a tender promise left unfulfilled.
My heart grieves mother to mother
as the dark shadow of this senseless death
weighs heavily on my soul, disturbs my sleeping hours
and leaves footprints in my heart.

Rest well Mike
Gone but not forgotten


ęD.W.Rickard 1998