I wrote this last year when a friend whom I went to kindergarten with passed away. Claudia Petroni (Downs) had cancer. She died July 31, 2011. I didn’t see her much after school, but she was best friends, life-long friends with my sister-in-law, Dee Robinett (Bubenas). We live in an ever-shrinking world, and we are all interconnected. In the spirit that we will follow Claudia some day, I wrote this.
Goodbye – Claudia
I looked into the infinite emptiness and what did I see?
I saw something bright, a light – a friend, can it be?
Someone to comfort, someone to mend,
this broken heart of mine, healing he sends.
I had wandered and wandered in the blackness,
but no longer alone, I wasn’t afraid.
I thought to myself, with a friend by my side,
I looked back to see the difference I made.
Those who stayed behind, I missed them sore,
but I wasn’t too worried, my friend gave me more –
reasons to be happy and joyous just now,
the suffering is over, there’s beauty and how!
The blackness gave way, changing to light,
I was thankful because I wanted no more night.
My guide led me onward, as out of a dream,
I kept going upward, towards heaven it seemed.
And then there they were, more friends than I knew,
So many reached out to me, I felt like I flew!
Across the great darkness and into their arms,
finally at home, free at least from any more harm.
When I looked back at the darkness, it was hard to see
There is no more night now with light all around me.
So one thing I’ll leave you, with love do I send,
When you get here remember you’ll see me again.
For Claudia Downs Petroni, 1959 – 2011, mother, daughter, sister, friend, we miss you!