by Jenette Nelson
In memory of Ann Nicole Nelson
who transitioned
to the other side on 9-11-01
written 3-24-02

You never know what never means
until you lose a child-
It means forever you must do without
that touch- that hug-- that smile.
You can’t pick up the telephone
to call and just say hi.
You must forever know that
your child has said good-bye.
They have gone away-to the other side
Never more to be with you
until you ‘ve also died.

Never is a word of time-
it speaks of endless pain-
It makes the heart turn cold
as the ice does come from rain.
It is beyond the human mind
to know its full extent.
It is a word of sorrow-
It can all hope prevent.

But on the other side
they say that time stands still
They do not measure life by years-
but how we do the Father’s will.
There they say that never is not a word at all
We will not fear its terror-
it cannot make us fall.

For there we will not lose our children-
or be parted from those we dearly love.
There will be no need for never,
when we return to God above.

Life's Plan

She can fly and she can flutter-
She can be with us here at will.
She has conquered life and death.

No more can terror kill.

Her passing will be noted
By all the Sons of Man,
For it was written in the beginning
When she and God did write her plan.

To every life there is a purpose-
For every life there is a plan
That is made with God, the Father,
To refine the souls of Man. cont.