Never Really Gone

Dr. Hesham A. Hassaballa
Apr 8 · 2 min read
Photo by Tina Witherspoon on Unsplash

On April 8 and 9, our hospital held a memorial service to honor all of those who died from COVID-19. For each patient, we had a candle and a card with their name on it, handwritten by one of my colleagues. It was a wonderful we can honor those who we have lost. I wrote this poem as my contribution to this effort.

The Light comes down from On High
Descending calmly like a dove
With each breath and sigh
A sign of Undying Love

Affliction strikes from afar
Oceans do not keep it out
Disease is wide and far
Fear is around and about

And light after light goes dark
With loved ones left to grieve
The devastation is raw and stark
And the pain has no reprieve

But their light is never really gone
Their light is never really gone

In our hearts their light shines on
And each memory brings soul relief
And like the light we see at dawn
It helps us ease our grief

For their light is never really gone
Their light is never really gone

The days move forth with pain
Nothing makes it truly go away
But as every spring brings rain
Their light will banish the gray

For their light is never really gone
Their light is never really gone

So let their light shine bright
And bring peace and love to all
For even in the darkest of night
Their light continues to call

For their light is never really gone
Their light is never really gone

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