A Poem from Saint Augustine

Someone called Lindsay sent this lovely message to my husband’s Red Hand Files. I love that people out there are participating on the Stuff Page. I’ve done hundreds of Stuff Posts over the last years, and although there is always something to write about, a little help goes a long, long way. Much love to you all, Susie. x

Dear Nick,

Susie published a beautiful poem on her Stuff Page ‘Do not stand at my grave and weep’. It reminded me instantly to the poem of St. Augustine ‘Don’t cry if you love me’. Comforting words for our wounded hearts.

With love, Lindsay

Don’t Cry If You Love Me

Don’t cry if you love me
Death is nothing
I just went to the other side.
I am I, You are You
As we were to one another
We will always be.
Call me as you always call me.
Talk to me as you always did.
Don’t change the tone of your voice.
Don’t be sombre or sad.
Keep laughing at what we used to laugh together.
Pray, smile, think of me, pray with me.
At home, let my name sound
As it always did.
With no fuss, no shadow.
Life still means what it has always meant.
It’s what it has always been: the thread isn’t cut.
Why should I be out of your mind
Just because I am out of sight ?
I’m not far, just on the other side of the path.
All is fine, you see.
Soon, you will know how to reach my heart.
Soon, you will feel my love again.
Wipe your tears and don’t cry if you love me.

Saint Augustine