Love Letter: Do You Remember?

Do You remember? A Love Letter by Claire Saul

A Love Letter by Claire Saul

February 22, 2018

In the months leading up to Cheryl’s death at thirty-seven from very aggressive breast cancer, I witnessed my friend’s short battle for life. We found ourselves in the tricky situation of being close friends with children who were best friends, but also my nurse to her patient. We talked and talked, and knew it was only a matter of time until she would need to come into the hospice. The night before she was due to go home I remember begging the night staff (also my friends) to take extra care of her. She wanted to be at home and had a day with her children before she drifted into unconsciousness.  She died two days later.

Cheryl’s sister read the poem I wrote for her at the funeral.  

Do You Remember?

Do you remember?
Do You?

Do you remember
That beautiful flower standing
So tall and so vibrant
In the early morning sun?

How the bright light caught and
Reflected the dew on her petals
Scattering a myriad of diamonds
An exotic prism of colours
Dancing hues over the lush lawns.

Those same petals so beautiful
So fresh,
Caught in the fragrant noon day breeze,
Lifted and cruelly strewn
Across that very same lawn
Cutting short her blooming.

But do you remember,
Do you?


A poem: Do You Remember? by Claire Saul
Photo by Léonard Cotte on Unsplash

You can connect with Claire at Pain Pals, where she writes about life and the travails of living with (and laughing in spite of) chronic illness. Also find Claire on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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33 thoughts on “Love Letter: Do You Remember?”

  1. What an extra-special poem you wrote for your dear friend, Claire. Just beautiful. The poem swept me up with it as I read it. Thank you for sharing. x

    1. No, you’re right, Carol. We had a big party on a riverboat on the Thames to celebrate what would have been her 40th and over the years have fundraised for various charities. Her hubby and daughter (now 20) regularly run the Race for Life

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