This one is dedicated to my daughter, Courtney Marie, who died 20 years ago on Sept 14th, 2000, at the age of 16. I will also include to collages that I created in her memory.
Circle of Life
Tickled pink, a baby girl
A short lived life, a short lived love.
Like the Sisyphus’s boulder
Constantly pushing upwards and
Rolling back again
Causing an unfortunate circumstance
Is that what is was?
Just an unfortunate circumstance?
It was like a comet
Blazing ‘cross the evening sky
A lunar starship that took on a life of its own.
Shiny and sparkly
And splendidly bright
Until it faded just out of sight.
Now a new blank canvas to write on.
A new story to tell.
A new leaf to turn.
But still pushing that boulder upwards
And watching it roll back again.
The song used in this poem was “Gone Too Soon” by Michael Jackson, which was written for Ryan White who died as a teenager due to AIDS, but it felt to me that the song was written for Courtney.