Monday, June 6, 2011


The news harrowed my very soul 
They cut deep exposing unforeseen anguish
My heavy heart weeps for thy
Grieved to lose such a special friend
The sting of death breaks us open
Exposing our hearts to bleed
Bereft of the fullness of time
My thoughts are seized by the hereafter
My imaginings are held captive, unable to flee
I will not say goodbye my friend
Instead, I will bid you an emotional farewell

My heart is heavy this evening…My 2nd cousin Jacqueline Sleeper Russell passed away on May 30th, 2011  I will be forever grateful to Jacki for sharing all of her wonderful research on our Family Tree.
If it weren’t for meeting Jacki, I would never of known about my Great, Great Grandfather being an author and poet. I am so thankful for Jacki coming into my life…She will be missed. 
Dearest Jacki

Thankyou ...How can such a small word ever say what I want it to mean.
I will be forever grateful to you and I will always treasure our friendship.There really aren’t any words to convey how much I appreciate your coming into my life…I believe it was meant to be….
"Roots made us cousins...Hearts made us friends"


Your Cousin



  1. My love and prayers sent your way dear Helena :)

  2. What a beautiful tribute, my love and prayers are with you my friend, love Susie

  3. Your Cousin was blessed to have a friend like you.I know you enriched bher life like she did for thoughts are with you.

  4. just wanted you to know your blog pages are awesome.I enjoy them each and every time I visit.thank you

  5. Mary Porch DuncanJune 7, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Hugs Helena!

  6. So sorry for your loss!
    May her memory always be a blessing!
    Such a lovely poem paying tribute to your cousin Jacki ... may she RIP.


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