Sunday, October 29, 2017

Save Me

I have been heartbroken over losing so many friends to cancer. Claudia passed away recently. She was a writer friend who lived in Carthage, MO. Claudia touched many lives. I have her blog listed on my blog's side bar. I was considering deleting it. 

I've changed my mind. Every time I look at it, I am reminded of her sweet nature, our personal emails, our connection. I can scroll back and read her posts, hear her "voice," and view photos of trips she and her husband made. The old West called to her and many of her stories were western-themed. 

I found this poem she sent me in March and have decided she is right... we must keep her.  

Claudia's following poem is reassurance that she lives on in our memories... as she wished.

Save Me

Cancer will change me, alter me
but the world will still turn, turn, turn.

Cancer will wreck me, ruin me
but it won’t steal the green from spring grass.

Cancer will stop me, end me,
but it won’t shake the breeze
of summer under a searing sun.

Cancer will silent my voice but not
my name on the lips of others.
Speak often and repeatedly of me
and I shall continue to live. 

Claudia Mundell 4/17/17


Sioux Roslawski said...

Linda--Claudia touched so many lives. What a wonderful tribute, and what a moving poem.

She WILL live in through her writing.

Merlesworld said...

I've lost a lot friends to cancer and that poem sums it up they are cut short we might all complain about old age but it gives us a ending.

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Chatty Crone said...

I would keep her on your blog - I think you will know when it is time. I still have the email addresses of my two friends I lost. I am so sorry about your grief. Hugs and prayers to you. Her poem was awesome and sounds like she was a b brave woman.

Val said...

I didn't know Claudia, but that poem brought tears to my eyes. I agree that you should keep her link on your blog.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Claudia was a treasure. I never met her in person, but we shared emails and I enjoyed her friendship. She is missed. Thank you for sharing the poem.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

It is hard to lose friends. Remembering is bittersweet.

Brenda Kay Ledford said...

This is a touching poem. It sure is hard to lose your friends.

Susan said...

Hi Linda. Like you, I continue to feel deep sadness over the loss of our beloved Claudia. She was always there to encourage and inspire. I do miss her very, very much. We must keep her words alive, as they were so important to her. Thank you for your heartfelt and gentle post. Susan

Susan Sundwall said...

Lovely tribute, Linda. Touching poem.

Pat Wahler said...

Cancer is a truly horrible disease. I pray someday soon, researchers will find the miracle cure.

Thanks for sharing this lovely poem from Claudia.

Lynn said...

Thanks for sharing Linda! Loved her poem! So true!