Poem By Almedia Knight Oliver
Your joyful smile; your joyful laughter, and your caring for others permeated the community in which you lived and worked.
My eyes never grew weary of your glowing smile,
But now, my eyes are swimming in a river of tears, and
my heart bounded by pain and grief. Yet,
I’m certain your soul is delighting the heavens above.
My Joy, you awed me with the love you had for your family and others.
To observe that radiant phenomenon was akin to watching stars fall among the
Daffodils in your garden. You are with God every where-in heaven and on earth:
I can see you in the field of stars, the sun is your smile, the moon your glow,
in the flowers your soul will ever grow.
Shh…I hear a breeze- is it the breath of God whispering
in my ears saying: death is a mystery of all mysteries
You inspired others to believe that God’s love would be
Their comforter in times of pain and sorrow…
Away from home or at home.When I despaired, you would say
“Meta” you got to have faith!
I’ll never hear those words flow from your warm lips again,
But my heart will always brim these pleasing memories:
I remember those days we shopped until we dropped-
your shopping cart flowing- over with things for the girls-
even something for “Joe” -you could always find the bargains!
I remember the Fridays we sat at either my table or yours enjoying
fried fish and laughing as the grease ran down the corner of our mouths…
yet we never gained a pound!
I remember those late nights we spent in the boardroom
Ensuring the solvency of BEFCU-
Written minutes were no match for your photographic memory.
Now, I hold these memories close to my heart to use as pillows for my weary head.
Joy you had a way of helping others rise above the fray,
You’ll always be my “Joy”
I’ll always be “Meta”
Good Bye my friend and my Joy!
Almedia S. Knight (ASK)