I went to Taylor’s funeral service today and it was a beautiful celebration of her life and a good reminder of just how many people she’s touched in her short lifetime. I’ve found myself lately conflicting with a lot of ups and downs in terms of emotions. When I got the news of her passing I was attending a wedding. Saturday, I was at a baby shower, yesterday, I was at my cousin’s baptism and today, I was at a funeral. Even though we all gathered for Chi’s death, we found ourselves laughing over our silly memories and so grateful to all be together again. I wrote a poem a few years ago that reflects on these contrasts in life and I thought today was the perfect day to share it. It’s called Joy.
You can have the sunshine,
Clearing clouds from the sky,
If I can have the taste of rain
And the colors left behind.
You can have the summer warmth
That soothes shaking nerves,
If I can have that winter chill
That shows me what heat is worth.
You can have the voice of reason
That keeps you rational and calm,
If I can have the storm of emotion,
So I can recognize where joy comes from.