This poem was inspired by the childhood prayer, which I always found rather morbid.
If I die before I wake, remember happy me,
a song for each occasion, busy bee.
Forget the eyebrows in the air, tut-tut.
Don’t think of the thankless, if only, but…
Remember the time I fell off my chair,
lay on the grass giggling, feet in the air.
Forget harsh words, regrets and sorry tears.
Remember dreams followed, conquering fears.
When my soul is taken away to rest,
remember me as my wonderful best.
Don’t think about things I shouldn’t have said.
Remember the cuddles, snuggled in bed.
Forget the many failings I acquired.
Remember wild dancing round the fire.
Know that I wished to be open and true.
And never forget, I died loving you.