I think that I must tell you now,
While we still have the time,
How I’ve always thought of you,
And why I think you’re someone fine.
I’ve always found you supportive.
In person, or by phone or letter,
Never was my case dismissed
Until you knew that I felt better.
I’ve always found you faithful,
Willing with advice and counsel,
Listening with heart and ear,
And wishing for me, all my life, well.
I’ve always found you cheerful.
Sharing words encouraging to others.
Whether newcomers or friends,
They left your presence feeling mothered.
I’ve always found you real. No pretense
Used by you to charm or flatter.
What you said was to the point.
You left unsaid what didn’t matter.
I’ve always found you cool and easy,
Gentle, kind, winsome, wise,
Calming others in your presence,
Engendering harmony in their lives.
I’ve always found you filled with humor,
Quick to laughter, free with smiles,
Showing that seeing the brighter side
Makes life’s living more worthwhile.
I’m glad I’ve had this chance to note
Some attributes in these short verses,
Before the amused or muse have gone,
And roses fill the long black hearses.
Cherel Justice to Judith Christine Desiderio