Bright Sparkles in Life

You know those people -- the kind that add a little *sparkle* to life. The kind that sparkle without even trying. They care. They're sincere. They're genuine. They're the kind of person you meet and think to yourself, "there's a part of me that wants to be like so-and-so."

Last night the Earth is one less sparkle. A former co-worker, Kayrene, finally lost her 13 year long fight to Cancer. And while she didn't have the opportunity to pass at home, she was surrounded by family and friends.

I try to focus on the fact that she had 13 more years to raise her kids and see them through their life events. She had 13 years to LIVE.

Kayrene's passing brings to mind 3 other close friend who also lost the fight, and I celebrate their memories in honor of Kayrene.

Jean, Glioblastoma
LaShanda, Stomach Cancer
Jan, Breast Cancer

Months before Shanda passed, she wrote this poem. She typed it on a card and gave it to me, telling me to "keep it near" always. It made sense when I read it -- but it took on a deeper meaning after she passed away.

A Talk with God
By "Shandayo" 3/15/2001

I ask.
Your Task.”
“My Plan.”
Can I?
“You can; as long as you know, I Am.”

“Show faith.”
“A state.”
Geographical defined?
“Your mind.”
Can I?
“You can; as long as you know, I am.”

With whom?
“Your Father.”
On Earth?
“Much Farther.”
How High?
“The limit’s the sky.”
Can I?
“You can; as long as you know, I am.”

Any questions?
“Only suggestions.”
The reason?
Long as can be?
I can!
“You can; as long as you remember who I am.”

Copyright Shandayo 3/1/2001


  1. I am so very sorry for your loss Donna. My thoughts are with you.

  2. My college roommate and good friend died from glioblastoma. She was truly a "bright sparkle." It's ironic, I just referenced her in my blog. She was the person I wrote about who relocated and started a new life when she acknowledged she was gay. I was always glad she lived the life she wanted. Valuable lesson for us all there....

    Take care, Donna.


  3. Anonymous2:35 PM

    I'm sorry about your loss. The poem Kayrene wrote is beautiful. Continue to focus on the happy times.


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