For Lindsay



If tears could heal a broken heart,
I’d weep all night for you.
If dreams could bring you back again,
I’d sleep my whole life through.
If memories could restore our bond,
I’d not forget you ever.
If pain could lead to Heaven’s gate,
With joy I’d hurt forever.
If silence touched you with my love,
I’d wait in perfect peace.
If words were angels over you,
My prayers would never cease.
If death could ease its dreadful grip
Enough to say good-bye,
I’d hold you close my sleeping child
Until the day I die!

About this poem

I wrote this poem in memory of my daughter, Lindsay, in the days after she passed away.

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Written on September 08, 2016

Submitted by paulw.71370 on February 21, 2024

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABCBDEFEGHBHIJKJ
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 520
Words 108
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 16

Paul E Wells

I am a former touring full-time musician in the secular music industry. In recent decades, I have served as Music Director/liturgical musician in Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Presbyterian parishes. I write hymns, religious songs, secular songs, and compose classical music, primarily for piano. My formal education is in social service work. more…

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13 Comments
  • Damelia
    This is beyond beautiful. Sad where the inspiration came from, but it's our experiences the truest and deepest connections that bring forth our best artistic pieces
    LikeReply1 month ago
    • paulw.71370
      Thank you for your kind words. You are correct that our creative impulses are best channeled through our life experiences regardless of how hurtful they may be.
      LikeReply 11 month ago
  • ladythepoet21490
    This is a beautiful piece and sad to learn of the tragedy that inspired it. I'm sorry to hear. I hope you find comfort, and also if it helps, in knowing that our loved ones never truly leave us. they are with us in every step we take, every breath and every memory we share. They shared a part of life with us and though they might be far, they're never truly gone. 
    LikeReply2 months ago
    • paulw.71370
      Thank you for your condolences. You are correct in saying our loved ones who have passed on remain with us in some way.
      LikeReply2 months ago
  • ashupraj87
    Really ! Reading this one is something that could make you remember your lost one. Well deserved first place. Learnt a lot too.
    LikeReply2 months ago
    • paulw.71370
      Thank you. I'm glad the poem was meaningful for you.
      LikeReply2 months ago
  • Philipo
    Congrats. Touching one.
    LikeReply2 months ago
  • DougHaberman
    Beautiful and heartfelt and so full of love.
    LikeReply2 months ago
    • paulw.71370
      Thank you for your comment. It is much appreciated!
      LikeReply2 months ago
  • npirandy
    That it did indeed.
    LikeReply 22 months ago
  • sengacaldwell
    A very well deserved win. This is a beautifully poignant piece, it took my breath away when I read the last lines.
    LikeReply 22 months ago
    • paulw.71370
      Thank you for your kind words. It was truly and unexpected honour to have my poem selected for this month's 1st prize!
      LikeReply 22 months ago
  • npirandy
    When I feel your pain, you've made your point. This has perfect flow and rhyme. The sadness shines through. It is a beautiful tribute fittingly for a painful loss.
    LikeReply 22 months ago
    • paulw.71370
      Thank you for your kind words of support. I'm pleased the poem was able to resonate with you emotionally.
      LikeReply 22 months ago
  • Symmetry60
    Beautifully written with perfect cadence and flow. I am sorry for your loss, Paul. Congratulations on the win.
    LikeReply 22 months ago
    • paulw.71370
      Thank you for your congratulations and condolences. I'm still in a bit of shock over wining 1st prize. I was thinking a mug....maybe.
      LikeReply 22 months ago
  • Vixility
    Tenderly eloquent and sincere, I could feel the longing anguish of the writer. Beautiful metrical cadence, lovely use of language, and a wonderful, wonderful tribute poem for Lindsay … I hope this poem wins. 
    LikeReply 22 months ago
    • paulw.71370
      Thank you for your valued feedback, kind words, and well wishes. Your insights made my day and warmed my heart. .
      LikeReply 12 months ago
  • DeBoer
    Everything is perfect. Rhyme, rhytm, form and motif. Well balanced, concise and engaging.
    LikeReply 22 months ago
    • paulw.71370
      Thank you for your insightful comments. It's an honour to be appreciated by other poets like yourself.
      LikeReply 22 months ago
  • Ruthmahogany
    The poem nicely relates the story of grief and it resonates deeply. I will go any mile to save a loved one if I can, words cannot say. But oh well, this poem did.
    LikeReply 22 months ago
    • paulw.71370
      I'm glad my poem was able to speak to you at an emotional level. Grief is something we all esperience at some point in our lives and it's so difficult to put into words. Thank you for your comment. . 
      LikeReply 22 months ago
  • maryamaribi
    It holds a lot of meaning to it. it reflects the reality and I was able to feel both the pain and the joy of the writer.
    LikeReply 22 months ago
    • paulw.71370
      Thank you for your insight. On the surface, it seems paradoxical how pain and joy can sometimes go hand in hand.
      LikeReply 22 months ago

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