The elders say that when you die
you will continue on the Red Road
a little further
that you will walk a beautiful way
finding your path lined with strawberries.
For four days you will wander
towards your personal sunset
savoring the sweet red fruit along the way
each bite a reminder
of the succulence of life
and the sweetness that lies ahead
for those who have followed the road
to its natural conclusion.
I will eat strawberries for you
on the fourth day
knowing your journey is over
praising your memory
grateful for your life
knowing one day I will see you again
smiling with all the others
the red fruit a gift in your hands.
© RCGA 2013
For my prima, Pablita, RIP dear beautiful sister.