thank you

there are parts of life
almost too crushing to share
pain like razors across the heart

the way, for instance,
my daughter’s body is being eaten
from the inside out by cancer

but i must share with you
how a devoted mother of two
calmly accepts what is approaching

she is at peace with the universe
and appreciates every moment
of what is beautiful in her life

i must tell you this
even though and maybe because
of the pain it brings to her father

i must tell you this
from a place of deepest love
and grief all mixed as one

so that you might look up
in this instant and know
what is important and true

the undying Love within you

©John Greenleaf-Maple – text and art

– in gratitude to beloved friends

12 thoughts on “thank you

  1. John,
    Absolutely beautiful. Your way of walking through this and your willingness to share about it is a blessing to all who know you. I continue to hold you all in deep love.
    Kristina

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  2. We love you, John and can only imagine and feel your pain from our individual perspectives. I do know Seraphina is fortunate to have you as her father and Macha as her mother in heart. Our hearts, love and prayers are with you all. Please don’t hesitate to ask for anything we are able to help with. This poem is so beautiful, beyond my words.🙏🏻❤️

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  3. Thank you for being brave and sharing this with us. What a beautiful reminder to really be in the present and hold those we love close. My heart goes out to each and everyone of you.

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  4. John, this is beautiful. My heart aches for all of you, yet I feel that Seraphina is teaching all of us the true meaning of living and dying. You are such a good father.

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  5. When I read your words so beautifully written so much of what the world asks us to be enraged about pales. Love truly does take precedence over all. The calm you say emanates from Seraphina is indeed a lesson for all of us. And a gentle reminder not to take anything for granted.

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  6. When I read your words so beautifully written so much of what the world asks us to be enraged about pales. Love truly does take precedence over all. The calm you say emanates from Seraphina is indeed a lesson for all of us. And a gentle reminder not to take anything for granted.

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  7. Dear John, What a beautiful piece of artwork and a beautiful tribute to your beautiful daughter! Our hearts are filled with sorrow for you all! You, Macha, and Seraphina are such precious souls! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. We hold you all dear to our hearts! ❤️😢

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  8. Your words are so beautiful. I can only begin to imagine all that all of you are going through. I hope you all can feel how much love surrounds you. Holding you all close in my thoughts and prayers.

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  9. John I thank you for all you and Macha do for your family and your friends. I continue to pray for Seraphina, her children, family members, and her many friends. Love and any support you need is your’s .

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  10. I am grateful to finally get to read this exquisite poem , John. What a beautiful way to honor Seraphina’s journey and your own. It is a privilege for all of us who love you and Macha to journey alongside you as best we can. Keep writing, my friend!

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