For Eunice

You– dear heart, blessed us with your simplicity
your humility we wore around our hearts.

You showed us what selflessness meant
and you defined the word ‘sacrifice’ to us

I can weep that you are gone, but instead
I will smile and be grateful that you lived

I will remember you in the thousand winds that blow
I will remember you in the diamond glint of every snow

I am glad your soul is set free today, so Eunice
I shall not cry at the freedom you have gained.

Farewell my friend. Your smiles, your dimples, your dignity will always, always be with us. ©

Zakiah Sayeed Ali
June 3rd 2019

My dear friend Eunice passed away yesterday early in the morning. I am going to Chicago on Friday to attend the funeral on Saturday morning.

About Zakiah

I write poetry and some fiction, have a book that was published in 2012. . . Stray Thoughts/Winged Words. I have four grandchildren, ages 16 and half to almost 16 months. I love the ocean, and grew up along the Indian Ocean in South India. I am a retired physician. Don't know much else to say. Thanks for reading. That has been my profile for so many years. My daughter Saadia a great poet and story teller, has two sons; the oldest grandson is now 21 years old, doing architectural engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla MO. His younger brother is almost 16 and taking driving lessons seriously and is in High School. The other two grandsons, children of my son Sayeed, are 9 and 5. I have recently published another book titled Gulistan, A home of Flowers. It has stories and memories of my childhood and of a distant land which I still consider as my HOME., even though I have lived here in the US for more than fifty years. Hope to see you on my blog.
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16 Responses to For Eunice

  1. slmret says:

    Oh, Zakiah — I’m so sorry! This is a beautiful tribute to Eunice — one she would have liked to read. My thoughts will be with you on Saturday — I’m glad you can go to Chicago for the funeral! Much love and hugs!

  2. murisopsis says:

    How sad that the world has lost such a fine and compassionate person. I felt the same when my father passed. We were sad that he was not with us but rejoiced that he was free of all suffering. Safe travels – will M. be going with you??

    • Zakiah says:

      Yes Val. Indeed the world has lost a beautiful person. She will always be an integral part in my life, for the rest of my life. No, M is not going to Chicago with me.

  3. mrswrangler says:

    I am sorry for the loss of your friend

  4. Oh no, I’m so sorry for your loss Zakiah. I know from your blog how much she means to you. Your poem is a very nice tribute to her. *hugs*

    • Zakiah says:

      Mattie, I knew the end was near, but didn’t think it would affect me so much. All I can hear, are her beautiful soft spoken words, with a calm that only she possessed. In the way she held her head high despite many trials, I found my courage and am deeply indebted to her. Thank you for your kind words.

  5. I’m so very sorry to hear about Eunice’s death! 😦 I know she was a dear friend to you, SweetZ, and to many other people. The world is sadder and emptier now. 😦
    But, I’m sure she would want her life celebrated and remembered. A beautiful poem in her honor! 🙂
    (((HUGS)))

    • Zakiah says:

      True. I want the world to remember her gracious charm always. Her simplicity and her love for all things, always helped me through my own thick and thin.

  6. Oh no, I’m so sorry to hear this. What a beautiful tribute to Eunice. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs.

  7. Rupali says:

    Beautiful tribute.

    • Zakiah says:

      Thank you so much. Eunice and I went to Vellore CMC for medicine. She was two years my senior. We were very close, and she was a great lady and helped thousands of children with their kidney diseases. I am going to Chicago for the funeral on Saturday.

  8. A beautiful homage to your friend who is gone, Zakiah.
    Michel

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