An Ode to Alex

Don’t Grieve For Me by Nilda Adell.

Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free; I’m following the path God laid for me
I took his hand when I heard him call; I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay another day; To laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way; If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy; A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah yes, these things I too, will miss; Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow; My life’s been full, I savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch; Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief; Lift up your heart and share with me
God wanted me now; He set me free

The Dragonfly

In a little pond, in the muddy water under; the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle
in a community of water beetles. They lived; a simple and comfortable life in the pond
with few disturbances and interruptions.; Once in a while, sadness would come to the
community when one of their fellow beetles; would climb the stem of a lily pad and would
never be seen again. Then knew when this; happened, their friend was dead, gone
forever. Then, one day, one little water; beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up
that stem. However, he was determined; that he would not leave forever. He would
come back and tell his friends what he had; found at the top. When he reached the top
and climbed out of the water onto the; surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and
the sun felt so warm, that he decided he; must take a nap. As he slept, his body
changed and when he woke up, he had; turned into a beautiful blue tailed dragonfly
with broad wings and a slender body; designed for flying. So, fly he did! And, as
he soared he saw the beauty of a whole new; world and a far superior way of life to what
he had never known existed. Then he; remembered his beetle friends and how
they were thinking by now he was dead.; He wanted to go back to tell them, and
explain to them that he was now more alive; than he had ever been before. His life had
been fulfilled rather than ended. But, his new; body would not go down in the water. He
could not get back to tell his friends the good; news. Then he understood that their time
would come, when they too, would know; what he now knew. So, he raised his wings
and flew off into his joyous new life!

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