The Shine Journal - The Light Left Behind

Journeys Through Grief and Beyond

In Spirit


Judy Davies





As you finger the rim of my glasses,
run your hand lovingly across my chair,
close the cover on the still open book of
memories that rests on our coffee table,
I am there beside you.


My spirit holds you firmly in its grasp.
You are not alone in this life or the next.
I see you now as I did then, a woman
full of love of life, with unshakable
strength, an overcomer of life's trials.


Let love, like a warm rain, wash over you
even as you lament my passing. Inhale the
clouds and breathe life deeply. Let its
heartbeat once again cause your Spirit to dance.
I shall dance with you holding the invisible
string that ties our hearts together.



Judy Davies of Gautier, MS was the Mississippi Senior Poet Laureate in 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013. She is a retired professional French hornist and manages her husband's music and publishing business. Judy released her first book of poetry, Poetic Images, in 2011. In 2012 she and her husband, Ken, released Poetic Soundscapes, their first collaborative CD of Judy's poetry with his custom-crafted music. Judy writes both poetry and prose, is the recipient of numerous awards, and has been published internationally. She is vice-president of the Mississippi Poetry Society.


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