That Day In May

by Shirley Kelly
(New Waterford, NS Canada)

Adam Christopher Kelly b. 3-10-86; d. 5-27-07 at age 21

Adam Christopher Kelly b. 3-10-86; d. 5-27-07 at age 21

The first verse is a variation of one I found elsewhere, anonymously credited, but the remainder I wrote.

That day in May you left us, it split my heart in two
One side filled with memories; the other died with you.
I often lay awake at night when the world is fast asleep
And take a walk down memory lane with tears upon my cheeks.
Remembering you is easy, I do it every day
Missing you is a heartache that never goes away.

Life has gone on without you, but it will never be the same
For those of us who loved you will always feel the pain
Of losing someone so special, so talented, so skilled
Who lived life to its fullest, energetic and strong willed.
You loved your cars, your friends, your life
Though problems caused us all some strife.

Just when you were maturing and started a new job
Your young life was cut short and you went to be with God.
I know he's looking after you, it wasn't meant to be
That life on earth with all of us would be your destiny
You might not have seemed religious, but behind that little smirk
Deep down you knew that God was there, a higher power at work.

It's not easy getting up each day to face another on my own
But I know how much you wanted me to never be alone.
And so dear son I struggle through another day, a month, a year
Without you in my corner to help me face my fears.
Each day I see your smiling face peering out from behind a frame
Now your picture and my memories are all that still remain.

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Jan 04, 2011
Pleased to share
by: Shirley Kelly

I'm happy to share this poem with anyone who wants to reprint it. Since Adam died I have also watched my mom and brother die and gone through a divorce. Life is not always what we want it to be, but with God, my family and dear friends by my side, I can go on with my life. It is not easy, nor is it pleasant at times, but my faith has seen me through these difficult times and I know that there are brighter days ahead. When you feel low or want to give up, repeat these words: "God has other plans for me. I will never give in or give up, but I will move forward."

Jul 11, 2010
by: kates

so sorry about your loss of your beautiful son ...I am going to use it with your permission, for my wonderful son Dean who also died in May 2010. Kate

Apr 10, 2010
Warm Words
by: Anonymous

Shirley, condolences on the loss of Adam. Poem was beautifully composed & touching. Best Wishes.

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