Poem by Leo Marks

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Monday 1st June

I read out this poem at the end of your eulogy in the church. I love its simplicity and the way the words flow: I have memorised it, and use it as a calming exercise when I need to work on my breathing. It is a statement of great love and devotion.

Written by Leo Marks in memory of his girlfriend who had been killed in a plane crash, and then used by a French resistance agent as her personal cipher code during the second world war, it has been used time and again at weddings and funerals alike.

Whether I speak the words out loud, or say them silently in my head, I see your face. Your happy, smiling, carefree face. I try to get to the end without shedding a tear. And that is so hard as your passing has left such a huge void in our lives. We miss you. Plain and simple. The pain never ends.

The Life That I Have

The life that I have
Is all that I have
And the life that I have is yours

The love that I have
Of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.

A sleep I shall have
A rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause

For the peace of my years
In the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours.

Leo Marks

Missing you so very much.
Love you to the moon and back.
And all the world.
xxxx

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