Do you see him there? The little guy in the dark blue suit.
Carried into church by his Mama for his Auntie Karen’s wedding
Fall breezes quietly tickling his cheek
His bright speckled blue eyes missing nothing.
Katie’s got him right there in her lap of dreams
Her little boy, full of wonder, in church again
Sitting close, so sharp once again in that cute little suit
Here in the winter cold, at his Mama’s Grandma’s funeral mass.
A few months later, Katie’s gone too, much too soon
Gone with her smile that brought the sun up in the morning
Her laughter that rippled the waters
Her bright blue eyes that she shares with little Jack.
Little Jack is firmly in his Papa’s arms now
Sitting still and quiet on the dark and hard wooden pew
Wondering eyes topping his cleaned and pressed suit
Searching the sunbeams for his Mommy.
Katie’s off onto a new journey now
Taking with her the love of a million memories
Leaving behind a world of hurt full of love
Sprinkled with shattered pieces of hearts.
Written in loving memory of my wonderful grand-daughter, Katherine Patricia Green Broder. With gratitude, “Jack’s Suit” was recently published in the California Writers Club Literary Review, October 2015.