Rest Now, My Friend

and so, life indeed is full of surprises
such as when you could carry on smiling while I was in tears
your positive energy was remarkable, I swear
your smiles were authentic, crystal clear
and for that “cheerful” could be your first name

and I don’t know how you did it over the years
you created a bubble, life, free of fears
free of anxities and free of worries, gosh you were so good
so good at being okay, being fine, simply good
and for that “positive” could be your last name

and how much of you do I need to emulate?
‘cos at times I don’t know how you did it
you smiled amidst pain, and you laughed amidst trouble
and I can’t thank you enough for the love so great
you spared us from the pain, the pain of knowing your agony

and how amazing is it that you showed me the joy of living
when you were silently, slowly dying inside?
that each smile you gave was simultaneous with every silent pain you recieved
each joyful word you uttered, was every quiet cursing you made

and as we lay you to rest, I pray
I pray for strength,
strength to carry on with just the smiles, the joy, the laughter
you shared

rest now, my dear friend, you are love
always and forever

-in loving memory of a dearest friend-

Published by michnavs

Philippine-born Michelle Navajas, currently residing in Malaysia. Michelle authored the book “After – Rain Skies: A Million Stars” for PWW during their Million Stars campaign. Graduated with a Master of Education majoring in English in the Philippines, Michelle was a former college professor, teaching literature, speech & oral communication, creative writing, drama, and theatre arts. Michelle is active in her writing profession and works as a freelance creative writer. Michelle passionately blogs at, where you can find her prose and poetry on love, life, motherhood, and her advocacy on abuse and violence. A published author on Spillwords NYC Her poem “Again” is published on three platforms, on MEDIUM -an International Writers and Readers Space, AFRICA WRITERS CARAVAN, and at WOMAWORDS LITERARY PRESS. kindly go check the following links – –

47 thoughts on “Rest Now, My Friend

  1. This brings the tears. Such a beautiful heart-touching tribute to your friend. I’m so sorry for your loss, SweetMich. 😦
    I’ve sat by the bedside of loved ones…family and friends…who were dying. In those days they taught me so much about dying AND about living.
    May they rest in peace.
    (((HUGS))) ❤


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