I give you this one thought to keep, I am with you still – I do not sleep
I first posted this poem here last January and on this day, the 5th anniversary of my son’s death I will share it with you again because it speaks to me of the very essence of who he is and where he is now.
There have been so many variations on this poem and it has been attributed to so many people, but this is the version that resonates to the very depth of my being. It sits in my office with me each day and gives my soul peace.
I give you this one thought to keep –
I am with you still – I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not think of me as gone –
I am with you still – in each new dawn.
…….Mahkah Native Indian Prayer
Maureen Hunter is a grief coach, bereaved mother, author and speaker. She is widely known for providing inspiration and instilling hope into the lives of many experiencing grief and loss. Her unique gifts lie in understanding the territory of grief and insightfully helping individuals how to deal with grief and move forwards into their own “living after loss”.