Thursday, March 5, 2009

In Memory of My Grandfather

Today we laid my grandfather to rest (so now you know why you haven't seen anything from me today). This poem is one that I love to recall when a loved one is lost. (**Note, thank you to my mother who noticed that I didn't have the full version of the poem posted. It is correct as of 3/15/09).

Rose Beyond the Wall 
by A.L. Frink

Near shady wall a rose once grew,
Budded and blossomed in God’s free light,
Watered and fed by morning dew,
Shedding its sweetness day and night.

As it grew and blossomed fair and tall,
Slowly rising to loftier height,
It came to a crevice in the wall,
Through which there shone a beam of light.

Onward it crept with added strength,
With never a thought of fear or pride;
It followed the light through the crevice-length
And unfolded itself on the other side.

The light, the dew, the broadening view,
Were found the same as they were before;
And it lost itself in beauties new,
Breathing its fragrance more and more.

Shall claim of death cause us to grieve
And make our courage faint or fall?
Nay, let us faith and hope receive;
The rose still grows beyond the wall,

Scattering fragrance far and wide,
Just as it did in days of yore,
Just as it did on the other side,
Just as it will forevermore.


  1. I am so sorry for your loss.

    You are right, this is the perfect poem for such a time.

  2. I'm sorry for the loss to you and your entire family, Melissa. May your memories of your grandfather comfort you.

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful poem.

  3. I'm sorry for your loss Melissa. Many thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Thank you for sharing with us this beautiful poem.

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. The poem is just beautiful though. I will be thinking of you and your family.

  5. Thank you all for the kind comments. They are much appreciated :-)


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