Poem 18

First journey, toward the light and loved ones

First breath of life, a cry

First smile, crooked and unfocused

First steps, unsteady and moving into the world

First words, joyful and unintelligible

First lesson, greedily absorbed, ready for more

First test, study hard, hoping to pass

First drive, hurry, hurry, down the street

First love, hearts pounding, passionate


Final love, years in the making, compassionate

Final drive, life passing by

Final test, all of life’s experiences are the answers

Final lesson, taught with love, remembered always

Final words, measured and whispered

Final steps, unsteady and feeble

Final smile, weak yet treasured

Final breath, ragged and drawn

Final journey, toward the light and loved ones


Eve Remillard


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