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Remembering loved ones lost to us now and forever

In honor of upcoming Memorial Day, teacher Gloria Berger (wife of TimesLedger columnist Alex Berger) discovered two poems which embody the spirit of remembering lost loved ones:

"Alive Alone"

By Murray Lake, Whitestone

In the middle of the night

Everything seemed so very right.

June 17, 1993 was the date

To remember - I just hate.

We both slept so soundly

When the phone rang - piercing, loudly

Of the accident Lance informed then

And I recall when

The drive to the hospital was the longest

yet

Shivering, frightened, and weeping - my

face all wet

To God I prayed all the time

Not to take the only child of mine.

But He wouldn't listen to my cries

I shall never see her with my eyes.

He also took Eugenie, my younger sister

And to myself I whisper "Oh, God!

Instead of them, why didn't you take

me?"

Because that's the way life should be.

I miss you my vivacious, beautiful,

precious daughter!

Lance and Kim are left without

their mother.

At the age when they need her the most

Without her they feel so very lost.

Tears come to me seldom

But my lonely empty heart beats

at random.

I'm going through shock, numbness and

despair,

Sheila, my darling, your sudden and

violent death, was so unjust - so unfair.

How can I express my sorrow

I can't hold you today or tomorrow.

How I survive I just can't tell

I only know that I'm going through Hell.

When the realization sets in I feel so bad

In silence I think that I'm going mad.

I'm trying to cope with lots of pain.

I'm the childless mother again searching

or an answer in vain.

l loved you so very much

And I miss the softness of your touch.

The concern you always showed me I

miss

And I will never get another kiss.

My only child has died

And I'm getting so very tired.

If what "they" say is right

You'll meet Grandma Rose and Eugenie

on the other side

There will be many others too - don't

fear!

They all loved you and will stand by you

very near.

But I'll try to carry on for our loved ones

the best I can

Waiting for the day, when we'll meet

again.

My nights are mostly sleepless

And then I get so restless.

So when sleep doesn't come

Through my life I roam

Thinking, missing, and yearning for you

'til it's light

In the middle of the night.

As with departed loved ones, the disabled

war veterans should also have a Day of

Homage to call their own. They sacrificed

almost as much as our fallen heroes did.

Their poem is "A Letter Home," author

unknown.

Dear Mom and Dad:

The war is done, my task is through,

And Mom, there is something I must ask

of you.

I have a friend, Oh, such a friend, he has

no home, you see.

And so, Mom, I would really like to bring

him home with me.

Dear Son,

We don't mind, if someone comes home

with you.

I am sure he could stay perhaps a week or

two.

Dear Mom and Dad,

There is something you must know. Now

please don't be alarmed;

My friend in battle was recently shot - and

now he has no arm.

Dear Son,

Do not be afraid to bring him home with

you. Perhaps he could stay a day or two.

Dear Mom and Dad,

But, Mom, he is not just a friend. He is like

a brother, too.

That is why I want him home with us, and

like a son to you.

Before you give your answer, Mom, I really

don't want to beg.

But my friend in battle was recently

wounded, and also lost his leg.

Dear Son,

It hurts me so much to say, the answer must

be no.

For Dad and I have no time for a boy who is

crippled so.

Time passed and a letter came.

It said their son had died.

When they read the cause of death,

the shock was suicide.

Days later when the casket came, draped in

the Nation's flag,

They saw their son lying there - without an

arm, and without a leg.

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