Afterglow – Poem


I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an afterglow
of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
of happy memories
that I leave when life is done.

– Helen Lowrie

Photograph courtesy of Adrian Wilson

Categories: Poetry

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11 replies

  1. The author of Afterglow is Helen Lowrie Marshall. It’s lovely.

  2. The mystery deepens…i was looking for the author and found the following:
    validation of it having been written by Laura Wilson Anderson. See You-Tube’s posting: (which includes a photo of the hand-written poem.

    In fairness, I also found this link and have not chased it down further. I’ll leave that task to others.

    Definitely a heart-touching poem.

  3. What a beautiful poem. It takes you into another dimension, another realm. U feel all your beight n sunny days flash past ur eyes while reading this!

  4. Dr Davies: Why did you remove the attribution to Helen Lowrie Marshall from this poem after you corrected it before?

  5. Hello Paul. This was not purposeful. I have lost a number of blog posts due to technical problems, which I had to re-add. I hadn’t realised the incident had also effected changes to previous posts as well as some comments, so thank you for letting me know 🙂

  6. i know that happens! Good luck with everything!

  7. Thanks for a marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading
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  8. This poem was found in the personal effects of Rodger Devaul Jr., aged 20, who was murdered by the serial killer Randy Kraft in 1983. (who has kidnapped, raped, tortured and killed many other young boys.) Just thinking about it makes me so sad. Life is so unfair.

  9. lovely poem so sad too


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