As I sit to
write the letters of gratitude and love to those who have supported me in my
grief I cannot forget the multitude of hearts, out in the vast cosmos of social
media that have enveloped me in loving support.
I did not have the heart space or energy to respond to each of your kind
messages at first. But now I look back
and I know that without you I would not have been able to go on.
One of the
messages from my circle of creatives was to share more about Bernie, who he was
to the world and to me. So I have done that in the poem below.
I share this
in gratitude, in love and with the sweet tears of grief that help to wash the
pain of loss away.
forever treasure your love and friendship,
Ginna for some)
Our wedding song was Bless the Broken Road
We found our
way to each other by climbing over our challenges and mistakes,
through our failures and disappointments
forgiving ourselves for our transgressions.
We were life toughened souls with tender, kintsukuroi
hearts when we met
Bernie was a
His love for
the game, the players, and even the umps was limitless.
trying to stump him with baseball trivia, it couldn’t be done
was Bernie’s canvas
The plays his
players, oh the players
He saw each
one as beautiful and full of potential
hard work and dedication
He did not
suffer self-serving fools
There was no
I in Team for Bernie
As a coach
he would tweak and blend and refine each color.
listening, observing, sharing and teaching
He dreamed them
He saw each
player as vivid and breath-taking in their beauty.
didn’t leave coaching on the field
He saw such
potential in each young person he met
for their success, mourned their self destruction
them in his heart
generous to a fault
such a thing as that?
he did it
himself smaller to make them bigger
He was their
cheerleader, mentor and coach (of course)
He told them
with an open heart
And was a
master at forgiveness
So my trembling
filled with sorrow
and deep gratitude
sings this to my beloved husband …
long lost dream led me to where you are
And others who broke my heart they were like northern stars
Pointing me on my way into your loving arms
This much I know it’s true
That God blessed the broken road
That led me straight to you”
Virginia Masson, The Peace Muse, is a wonder-filled artist, Peacebuilder and Intentional Creativity Coach specializing in guiding transformational change using a powerful combination of intention, image and word.