She Wanted to Go Home

Her work here was done.
Her sun was now covered in fog.
The only place she could go was home.

Smiles were getting harder to maintain
And joy was all she ever wanted to share.
She belonged with the birds, they were free,
She knew one day she too would fly away.

It was sooner than we expected or wanted.
The truth is she was ready, long overdue, really.
She had only stayed for us.
It was time, and she could wait no longer.

She knew we could carry on.
She had given us her strength,
Her resolve, and all the joy she had.

As sisters, we shared life and death in intimate ways
Few have the honor of sharing.
Those memories will keep us through
This time and the next.

Goodbye Beloved
Safe travels.
We shall meet again.

By Cheryl McDonald 2020

If you would like to listen to me read this poem click below.

This is a follow up painting and poem to my last weeks blog called Sisters. It was done as a tribute to those we love who leave us too soon. It is about letting go and moving on. We lost a sister in 2010 and it was a difficult loss for all of us. I was finally able to do this pencil painting in 2020. It took me 10 years to process it I guess.

Losing loved ones is hard, no way around that and we all have to process it in our own way. There is no time limit that is correct, but we just keep letting go of the pain a little at a time. Hopefully we can get to the point of only remembering the good times together and the good things we love about this soul.

So many of our loved ones have been lost over the last few years of the pandemic and with all the violence and conflict, more are lost daily. Remember those who grieve and love them where they are. That is the best gift we can give them.

With love and respect,

Have a Happy Day,


Part of the “Left Hanging on a Line” Series, to read the artist statement for this series

Published by cherylmcdonald

Thank you for taking a little time to get to know me. Making art has been my life, I love to tell stories through words and pictures. I am a multi-media artist working in photography, watercolor, various drawing media, and sometimes digital art.

6 thoughts on “She Wanted to Go Home

  1. Self-expression through the arts can help heal us, can’t it? You have found that to be true. I think you are using these tools to your advantage – good use! Thanks for sharing, Cheryl.

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  2. Beautiful and sad. I lost my two beautiful sisters in 1990-91, 8 months apart. Their deaths were not related in anyway, except by family. That time still painful to think about. So your poem resonants with me, thank you.

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