I, your loved one slipped away
Though you pleaded, please don't go,
As you held me tightly
All your love to show, that I may surely know.

But my precious heart is spent
Needing now to rest,
Buffeted by lifes storms
God with his loving heart, only seeks to bless.

Calling dearest one, fret not for the ship
Who has been sailing the longest while,
Battered by the winds of life
And the waves of trial, mile after weary mile.

God knows the perfect time and place
Just when my course is done,
On completing all He wanted
He called for me to come, for now my journey's done.

Celebrate my passage, sailed over stormy seas
For He has kept me through,
To love and care for all these many years
Weeping for me maybe due, but be happy for me too.

It may seem a winter long of pain
While I slip down into the ground,
But spring has burst for me,
Oh hear the angels sound, heaven's where I'm bound.

My spirit sails now forever free
Opened full in everlasting love,
You will ache long for my presence
But with wings out flung, I soar in joyous peace above.

Yet darling, turn your heart, to see all the little ships
Waiting there upon the shore,
Go love them out to the bay of life
In memory of me, with all the love that I lived for.

Soft Whispers from
Derry's Heart Poems
2004 used with permission

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