“If tears could build a stairway, and memories were a lane. We would walk right up to heaven, and bring you back again.”
And so begins a wonderful poem. I wasn’t familiar with it until I saw the lines engraved on a stone in the backyard of my brother and sister-in-law’s home.
My sister-in-law, Karen, tragically lost her daughter three years ago. The stone was at the grave site of Karen’s sister’s husband. And it was presented to Karen when her daughter passed away.
Very moving – all.
Here’s the entire piece…
If Tears Could Build A Stairway
If tears could build a stairway
And memories were a lane
We would walk right up to heaven
And bring you back again
No farewell words were spoken
No time to say goodbye
You were gone before we knew it
And only God knows why
Our hearts still ache in sadness
And secret tears still flow
What it meant to lose you
No one can ever know
But now we know you want us
To mourn for you no more
To remember all the happy times
Life still has much in store
Since you’ll never be forgotten
We pledge to you today
A hallowed place within our hearts
Is where you’ll always stay
The author is unknown
If you’re looking for a grand analysis, or my interpretation, of the piece; you’ll be waiting a long time. Not going to do it. Why?
I’ve pointed-out in the past that chipur is a blog – short for web log. And emphasizing the log of it all, chipur is in many ways a log – journal – of things that catch my eye, and capture my heart and mind.
My eyes, heart, and mind were all captivated when I saw the stone. I found it extraordinary, and wanted to write about it.
How you’ll receive the piece, and what you’ll do with it, is none of my business. But if you weren’t familiar with it, now you are – and it’s yours.
Sharing is just one of the things that makes producing chipur so pleasurable…
(the image is entitled, “Stairway To Heaven;” and was shot by Skip Hunt. courtesy fineartamerica.com)