James Casey

Rookie - 56 Points (11June 1940 / Binghamton, New York)

Hand In Hand Once Again - Poem by James Casey

Hand in Hand Once Again

There was sad looking elderly lady
She was sitting beside the lake,
She sat there ever so very quiet
Thinking of her life to take.

All the happiness she had known
Seemed to have been taken away,
Now was the time to end her loneliness
That is what she planned this day.

Yes, this sad little old lady
Who was now old and frail,
Knowing her beauty had faded
Leaving her wrinkled and pale.

Even all her pleasant memories
Of the happiest times of the past,
No longer remained at her age
You see, happy doesn't seem to last

Her children had all grown up
Living lives away on their own,
They no longer came to visit
There was love no longer shown.

Then, just last year of cancer
Her husband and mate had died,
Oh, how she remembered that day
Alone, she just cried and cried.

They shared everything together
For fifty happy some years,
But now she was all alone
Left only with sadness and her tears.

She had asked God to take her
So she could join him once again
But, her plea has fallen on deaf ears
Now she must commit this final sin

But then it was as if God
Had heard her every word,
Yes, I do believe that day
That all her prayers were heard.

For she suddenly felt tired
And soon drifted off to sleep,
It was as if God came down
And claimed her soul to keep.

Yes, I believe her prayers were answered
Stopping what she had planned,
For it's now in heaven that she walks
With her soul mate hand in hand

Jim 1998

Poet's Notes about The Poem

I had read, in the paper, about this woman who had died mysteriously
of natural causes on a bench by the lake, and her story of the loss of her husband of fifty years. I wrote this piece in her honor.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Poem Edited: Friday, April 20, 2012

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