Dearest Child

by Lesley A. Couzens
(South Africa)

Leedon - Our Angel in Heaven

Leedon - Our Angel in Heaven


My dearest child,
the day you went away my heart
was ripped from my chest,
a part of me went with you
and the world came crashing
down around me.

My dearest child,
although time goes on without you,
I think of you everyday
and miss you so much it hurts.

My dearest child,
I have a knot in my chest that is painful,
as if a knife has pierced my heart,
and I know that the pain of losing you
will be with me for all of my life.

My dearest child,
You are so precious, kind and gentle.
It is so hard to accept that
you had to go away.

My dearest child,
I cry for you every day
and long to look upon your face,
hear your voice, touch your cheek
and hold you in my arms one more time
like when you were a little boy
and make everything right.

My dearest child,
I wish that it was a dream,
and you were coming home,
But you will never come,
and a dream it will never be.

My dearest child,
I feel you with me sometimes
and that makes me happy for a while.
The sadness in my heart is so hard to bear
and crying is my only release.

My dearest child,
people tell me to remember that I have other
children, this I know I am not an idiot.
Everyone should know that your brothers
cannot fill the void left by you,
that space is yours,
and yours alone.

My dearest child,
only the people that have lost their child
can know what I am feeling
and the pain that I bear.
Those others must remember that my life changed,
and I changed the day that you went away.
I will never be the same again,
and I hope that people will accept this.

My dearest child,
this is my time to grieve for the
loss of my precious child.
This is my time to cry
and be sad for a while.
And one day I will be able
to think of you with a smile
and hopefully fewer tears.
And when I'm old and grey
and my time on earth is done,
I will come home to you
in the place that you have gone.

My dearest child,
remember that my love for you will never die,
and I will miss you for the rest of my life.
And I believe that you are an Angel looking
over us from up above beyond the
distant stars.

by Lesley Couzens

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May 08, 2010
Dearest Child
by: Ken's Mom

Leslie, I am so humbly sorry for your grief. I, too, have lost our only child, our soft, tender, talented son, 43 years old. We found him three weeks ago today. Cause of death unknown. The grief is a horrible pain that hits me in waves. I just want you to know that your poem touched me so very much and please do not stop writing.

There will come a time when I will be able to deal with the loss. I just do not know when.

Thank you and know that some of us walk the long, lonely walk that you have walked and we will all continue to walk.

Apr 10, 2010
I share your grief...
by: Shirl

You have expressed in your own words all the pain, anguish and heartache one feels upon the loss of a child. I, too, have lost an adult son, but he was still a child to me. My heart aches every single day as I know yours does. It's been almost three years since my son died and although it feels as if a part of me is missing, I can say that my grief has lessened in intensity and that I am able to smile and feel joy again. I speak my son's name often and even when it makes others uncomfortable, I will not ever stop. It is important to me that he never be forgotten. Leedon was such a handsome young man - thank you for sharing your feelings with all of us.

Mar 17, 2010
by: Down Under

Lesley, my condolences on the loss of your beautiful son. May you find comfort in the sweet memories you shared with him. Beautiful poems. Keep posting them Lesley, they will help you and others over our grief. Thank You !

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