by Susan A. Jackson

May I go now?
Do you think the time is right?
   May I say good-bye to pain-filled days
and endless lonely nights?

I've lived my life and done my best,
an example tried to be.
So can I take that step beyond
and set my spirit free?

I didn't want to go at first,
I fought with all my might.
But something seems to draw me now
to a warm and loving light.

I want to go. I really do.
It's difficult to stay.
But I will try as best I can
to live just one more day.

To give you time to care for me
and share your love and fears.
I know you're sad and afraid,
because I see your tears.

I'll not be far, I promise that,
and hope you'll always know
that my spirit will be close to you
wherever you may go.

Thank you so for loving me.
You know I love you, too.
That's why it's hard to say good-bye
and end this life with you.

So hold me now just one more time
and let me hear you say,
because you care so much for me,
you'll let me go today.







When you look up at the stars at night you will see me shining bright,

the brightest star that you can see, rest assured that's me.

I shine with all my might, hoping to make your burden light.

Praying that you will eventually see, that what you did for me, set me free.

My body may not come when you whistle , though I know you feel me near

 A faint meow you will hear, my whisper of love is always near.

For The Benny Man   May 3, 2003