Don’t come to pay me homage
or spill tears upon my stone.
Come now and let me touch you,
Let me know I’m not alone.
I need the sweet assurance
of your warm and gentle smile.
I yearn to hear your laughter,
sit beside me for a while.
When Jesus comes to take me
to my home in heaven’s place,
I’ll go in peace, contented
that I’ve seen your smiling face.
I will not smell the flowers
or hear you sing my praise.
Bring them now to warm my heart
throughout my living days.
Your kindness and compassion,
greater love you can’t endow.
Come share these precious moments
while I live…..come do it now

~Patience Allison Hartbauer

This poem was in a book sitting on my nightstand of the Bed and Breakfast I am staying in while visiting my dad’s grave for memorial day.

It’s a reminder to me to cherish the time we have with loved ones who remain. We may be visiting their graves and cherishing their memories all too soon.


  1. donna mae says:

    my prayers and thoughts are with you and family!!! to tell the truth…i dont know if i will ever get over bob being gone!!!! i have lost so many and i just miss that guy!


  2. Donna H. says:

    What an absolutely beautiful verse and if only we would all use it every day for those we come in contact with, especially our family! I will copy this, like so many things you have graced us with on this site, post it on my fridge and strive to make it my goal each day! Thank you for sharing it on this special day of rememberance for those we have lost and for those who serve to keep us safe. Wishing you a safe trip home! Until next time … Donna H.


  3. Mama says:

    Yes, come and sit beside me for awhile……and let me hear your laughter!


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