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May I Go Now?
by Susan A. Jackson


May I Go? 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 so 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.

Dedicated to Jessica Nickole Kinder

I used this poem when my daughter passed away in May 2006. She was just 13 and she took her life. I felt this poem was perfect for the time. I cry every time I read it. Life will never be the same without her but I find some comfort in the poem.

RIP Jessica Nickole Kinder
Jan 26, 1993 to May 16, 2006

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