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written by Alton Wall '97
in memory of Mike Hall

When the heavens reached down for a soldier,
the decision was to appoint thee.
Your battle in life is over,
your mission is now complete.
Should the skies send down the rain,
to share your families pain.
May you forever be remembered,
for the courageous battle you gave.
As the military gives its honors,
with the flag that will rest upon your widow's lap.
May the trumpets signal to the heavens,
as they softly play taps.
From these sounds it is clear to me,
that a soldier has received eternal wings.

This touching poem was written by a very dear friend of Mikes and mine for Mike's funeral. Thank You Pop! May God bless you & yours and keep you safe from harm, always.

written by Theresa Hall

I was my parents oldest son
and the one that was called brother.
I was a loving husband
and my children called me Dad.
I want to live and love again.
Why did I have to die?
A drunken man chose to drive
and ripped me from this world.
I had so many plans you know.
So much I've yet to do.
I want to be the kind of son
that brings my parents joy.
And support my younger brother
whenever he's in need.
I want to raise my children now.
And teach them all I know.
I want to feel some pride in them.
And guide them all their days.
I want to play with my grand children.
The ones I'll never get to meet.
I want to hold my wife again.
And show her that I care.
I want to live and love again.
I had so much to share.

written by Theresa Hall
in Memory Of 4 Year Old Meagan Dail

I am just a little child.
That so needlessly died.
I would have played and run and laughed.
And loved you all my life.
I thought the world was safe for me.
And nothing could go wrong.
I want to see my friends again.
And share in all their fun.
I want to be a mischevious child.
That many could adore.
I would like to be here many years.
To love and play and live.
But a drunken driver hit our car.
And ripped me from your heart.

written by Michael Anderson

There is a majestic quality-
In everyone for all to see.
Some keep it hidden, some never realize-
The magnificence they hold in others' eyes.
Ah, yes, life itself is the gift.
Though the memory, itself, Time doth sift.
And some might think the reverence gone-
As those we love one by one pass on.
But the intricacies Fate doth weave-
In commemoration for all who grieve.
Are the blessings given to rebirth-
From souls no-longer of this earth.
At first notice I came undone,
My husband staring at me through our sons.
But, now, in joy I ascertain-
Through them, their father lives again.
I look to heavens' resounding grace-
Renewed appreciation of life and my place.
Knowing as each newborn child opens their eyes-
The miracle continues, no one really dies.

This beautiful poem was re-written for me by Michael Anderson so it would reflect my own situation. Thank You Michael! May God bless you & yours and keep you safe from harm, always. Please click here to visit Michael's wonderful Web Site. Thank You!

written by Jason Powell

The stars in the heavens shine down
Upon this dark and lonely abyss,
This black sultry night
Called Grief
When then sun arises to awaken the morning dew,
And when the birds sing their songs of love and hope,
When the angels stand upon the silky sands,
And sing their songs of love and hope,
The darkness within the soul of a mortal
Will once again be ridden of that pain,
And he will live once more
But as the sun sets upon the starry night,
That pain called grief will return once again
To haunt, and to terrorize the mortal man.
With every waking moment, every point in time
And with every breath, the soul breathes in,
Stones of ancient times, and immense measure,
Will pierce the body, the soul, and the mind;
And grief will once again rein free.

Jason Powell was kind enough to let me use his wonderfully moving poem that described how I had been feeling for so very long. Thank You Jason! May God bless you & yours and keep you safe from harm, always. Please click here to visit Jason's wonderful Web Site. Thank You!

written by Author Unknown

Don't grieve for me, for now I am free;
I'm following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call;
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day,
To laugh, to love, to work or play,
I found that place at the close of day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy,
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss,
Ah yes, those things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow;
I wish you the sunshine of Tomorrow,
My life's been full, I savored much;
Good friends, good times, a loved ones touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief;
Don't lengthen it now with undue grief,
Lift up your heart and share with me;
God wanted me now, He set me free.

written by Author Unknown

To my dearest family,
some things I'd like to say.
But first of all, to let you know,
that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven.
Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness;
Here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy
just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I am with you
every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you
when my life on earth was through.
God picked me up and hugged me
and He said, "I welcome you.
It's good to have you back again,
you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family,
they'll be here later on.
There's so much that we have to do,
to help our mortal man."
God gave me a list of things,
that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list,
was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night
the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....
in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth,
and all those loving years.
Because you are only human,
they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry:
it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers,
unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you
all that God has planned.
If I were to tell you,
you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain,
though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now,
than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you
and many hills to climb;
But together we can do it
by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy
and I'd like it for you too;
That as you give unto the world,
the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody
who's in sorrow and pain;
Then you can say to God at night......
"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....
that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along the way
I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody
who is sad and feeling low;
Just lend a hand to pick him up,
as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street
and you've got Me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps
only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go....
from that body to be free.
Remember you're not going.....
you're coming here to Me.

written by Author Unknown

Mommy went to Heaven, but I need her here today.
My tummy hurts and I fell down, I need her right away.
Operator can you tell me how to find her in this book?
Is heaven in the yellow part, I don't know where to look.
I think my daddy needs her too, at night I hear him cry.
I hear him call her name sometimes, but I really don't know why.
Maybe if I call her, she will hurry home to me.
Is Heaven very far away, is it across the sea?
She's been gone a long, long time she needs to come home now!
I really need to reach her, but I simply don't know how.
Help me find the number please, is it listed under "Heaven"?
I can't read these big big words, I am only seven.
I'm sorry operator, I didn't mean to make you cry.
Is your tummy hurting too, or is there something in your eye?
If I call my church maybe they will know.
Mommy said when we need help that's where we should go.
I found the number to my church tacked up on the wall.
Thank you operator, I'll give them a call.

written by Author Unknown

When tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye,
For all my life, I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for,
So much yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays,
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for awhile,
I'd say good-bye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized,
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
Would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.
But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From His great golden throne,
He said "This is eternity,
And all I've promised you."
Today for life on earth is past,
But here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last,
And since each day's the same way
There's no longing for the past.
But you have been so faithful,
So trusting and so true.
Thought there were times you did some things,
You knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven
And now at last you're free.
So won't you take my hand
And share my life with me?
So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart.

written by Author UnKnown

I went to a party Mom,
I remembered what you said.
You told me not to drink, Mom,
so I drank soda instead.
I really felt proud inside, Mom,
the way you said I would.
I didn't drink and drive, Mom,
even though the others said I should.
I know I did the right thing, Mom,
I know you were always right.
Now the party is finally ending, Mom,
as everyone is driving out of sight.
As I got into my car, Mom,
I knew I'd get home in one piece.
Because of the way you raised me,
so responsible and sweet.
I started to drive away, Mom,
but as I pulled out into the road
the other car didn't see me, Mom,
and hit me like a load.
As I lay there on the pavement, Mom,
I hear the policeman say,
the other guy is drunk, Mom,
and now I'm the one who will pay.
I'm lying here dying, Mom.
I wish you'd get here soon.
How could this happen to me, Mom?
My life just burst like a balloon.
There is blood all around me, Mom,
and most of it is mine.
I hear the medic say, Mom,
I'll die in a short time.
I just wanted to tell you, Mom,
I swear I didn't drink.
It was the others, Mom.
The others didn't think.
He was probably
at the same party as I.
The only difference is
he drank and I will die.
Why do people drink, Mom?
It can ruin your whole life.
I'm feeling sharp pains now.
Pains just like a knife.
The guy who hit me is walking, Mom,
and I don't think it's fair.
I'm lying here dying
and all he can do is stare.
Tell my brother not to cry, Mom.
Tell Daddy to be brave.
And when I go to heaven, Mom,
put "Daddy's Girl" on my grave.
Someone should have told him, Mom,
not to drink and drive.
If only they had told him, Mom,
I would still be alive.
My breath is getting shorter, Mom.
I'm becoming very scared.
Please don't cry for me, Mom.
When I needed you,
you were always there.
I have one last question, Mom,
before I say good bye.
I didn't drink and drive,
so why am I the one to die?

written by Author Unknown

Jenny was so happy
about the house they had found.
For once in her life
'twas on the right side of town.
She unpacked her things
with such great ease.
As she watched her new curtains
blow in the breeze.
How wonderful it was
to have her own room.
School would be starting,
she'd have friends over soon.
There'd be sleep-overs, and parties;
she was so happy.
It's just the way
she wanted her life to be.
On the first day of school,
everything went great.
She made new friends
and even got a date!
She thought, "I want to be popular
and I'm going to be,
Because I just got a date
with the star of the team!"
To be known in this school
you had to have clout,
And dating this guy
would sure help her out.
There was only one problem
stopping her fate.
Her parents had said
she was too young to date.
"Well, I just won't tell them
the entire truth.
They won't know the difference;
what's there to lose?"
Jenny asked to stay
with her friends that night.
Her parents frowned
but said, "All right."
Excited, she got ready
for the big event.
But as she rushed around
like she had no sense,
she began to feel guilty
about all the lies,
But what's a pizza, a party,
and a moonlight ride?
Well the pizza was good,
and the party was great,
But the moonlight ride
would have to wait.
For Jeff was half drunk
by this time.
But he kissed her and said
that he was just fine.
Then the room filled with smoke
and Jeff took a puff.
Jenny couldn't believe
he was smoking that stuff.
Now Jeff was ready
to ride to the point.
But only after
he'd smoked another joint.
They jumped in the car
for the moonlight ride,
Not thinking that he
was too drunk to drive.
They finally made it
to the point at last,
And Jeff started trying
to make a pass.
A pass is not
what Jenny wanted at all
(and by a pass, I don't mean
playing football).
"Perhaps my parents were right....
maybe I am too young.
Boy, how could I ever,
ever be so dumb."
With all of her might,
she pushed Jeff away:
"Please take me home,
I dont want to stay."
Jeff cranked up the engine
and floored the gas.
In a matter of seconds
they were going too fast.
As Jeff drove on
in a fit of wild anger,
Jenny knew that her life
was in real danger.
She begged and pleaded
for him to slow down,
But he just got faster
as they neared the town.
"Just let me get home!
I'll confess that I lied.
I really went out
for a moonlight ride."
Then all of a sudden,
she saw a big flash.
"Oh God, Please help us!
We're going to crash!"
She doesn't remember
the force of impact.
Just that everything
all of a sudden went black.
She felt someone remove her
from the twisted rubble,
And heard, "Call an ambulance!
These kids are in trouble!"
Voices she heard...
a few words at best.
But she knew there were two cars
involved in the wreck.
Then wondered to herself
if Jeff was all right
And if the people
in the other car were alive.
She awoke in the hospital
to faces so sad.
"You've been in a wreck
and it looks pretty bad."
These voices echoed
inside her head,
as they gently told her
that Jeff was dead.
They said "Jenny,
we've done all we can do.
But it looks as if
we'll lose you too."
"But the people in the other car!?"
Jenny cried.
"We're sorry, Jenny,
they also died."
Jenny prayed, "God, forgive me
for what I've done.
I only wanted to have
just one night of fun."
"Tell those people's family,
I've made their lives dim,
and wish I could return
their families to them."
"Tell Mom and Dad I'm sorry
that I lied.
And that it's my fault
so many have died.
Oh, nurse, won't you please
tell them that for me?"
The nurse just stood there ~
she never agreed.
But took Jenny's hand
with tears in her eyes.
And a few moments later
Jenny died.
A man asked the nurse,
"Why didn't you do your best
to bid that girl
her one last request?"
She looked at the man
with eyes oh so sad.
Because the people in the other car,
were her mom and dad.
This story is sad
and unpleasant but true,
So young people take heed,
it could have been you.

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