This is written in honor of one we loved and lost.
You probably know who;
In the midst of all that was false,
She was forever true.

Always sing your own song!
Always smile your own sweet smile!
Always cheer the pilgrims
Who walk each lonely mile!

Always say: “You are welcome!”
Offer gracious hospitality!
Serve the strangers who come your way,
whoever they may be.

Always wear your favorite garments
to raise your spirits in the storm.
Shelter with your beloved ones…
and in turn, they’ll keep you warm.

Never feel downtrodden!
Always stand upright!
You are a marvelous person…
You are glorious and you are right.

With a brave and melodious heart,
You won’t be down for long;
uplifted by the power of grace…
you will find where you belong.

Never cease from singing; never lose your hopes!
Make your song worthwhile!
Create a matchless melody; and bounce back off ropes.
Your song will never be out of style!

However long we knew her, we enjoyed moments of grace. Though she may have chosen to leave, she will never be far from this place. She will be missed, but more importantly, she will be cherished and remembered.

© 2012, Larry Conley. All rights reserved.

Larry Conley (36 Posts)

I am a veteran of the U. S. Army. My good fortune is to be married to a wonderful woman and have two remarkable twin sons who are making their way in the world. I taught civics in a Pittsburgh area middle school. I am a cat and dog lover.


  1. Larry, this is beautiful beyond comprehension, touching to the core of one’s being. Your thoughts, your words, your enduring kindness, live on forever within the heart of your friend. And now…you become the muse.

    With love always~~~

    • Larry Conley (Author)


      This was among the easiest poem I have ever written. I had a magnificent inspiration.

      All I had to do was tell the truth.

      No matter what happens from this day forward, you will never be far from my thoughts and always be dear to my heart.

      Take care of yourself, your granddaughter and all those who are precious to you.

      Few people outside my immediate family are a genuinely treasured as you are, and I am honored to have known you. We will meet again and share some joy and companionship.



  2. This is so so sweet. So full of positiveness. We can all use a dose of this regularly. Nice.

    • Larry Conley (Author)


      Thanks so much. Cher always had and has a positive effect on me as she has on so many others.

      We’ll have to pick up the slack and make sure to support one another.

      Thanks again,


  3. Larry, thank you for saying what we all feel and for saying it so well. Some people leave an indelible mark and Cher is such a one. I wish her all the best.

    • Larry Conley (Author)


      I had to write this and it came so easily! You are absolutely correct. Cher is a person who can be succeeded, but never replaced. She is one for the ages.

      Thank you,


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