Candy Covered Peanuts - Poem by Curtisj Johnson
Candy Covered Peanuts
By Curtis Johnson
She was laid to rest a few days ago after a bout with cancer.
Her body grew quickly weaker and soon succumbed. But she stood without fear, and her spirit ascended. But before her spirit ascended, the timid cancer ran and raced rapidly throughout her body, invading and destroying everything in its path.
She feared neither cancer nor the sting of death.
Joellen was the winner, and cowardly cancer, the loser.
I do not know how she discovered that I was a nut about nuts
But in her dying days, she gave to me a can of candy covered peanuts.
I shall forever treasure the peanut gift from such a divinely treasured one.
She believed in me and always gave to me far more than I deserved.
She was caring, loving, and sincere, never ceasing to build and lift.
Unpretentious, vulnerable, transparent, an opened book, freely given.
Known by us for a few short years, but she gave so much, so often.
I speak not of things material, but matters of far superior substance.
An older friend of my wife and me, clearly Joellen loved us so dearly.
Surely a gift from heaven, and she shall be forever in our memories.
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