He’s Not Really Gone

Sunday, August 26, 2012, my daddy left his earth suit behind to be with his mama, brother and Jesus in Heaven. Through this unexpected loss, God’s provided friends and family to engulf us in love, prayers and support.

Me and my daddy

Monday, August 27, 2012, I wrote the following piece. May God use it to comfort those who mourn.


He’s not really gone

Over and over I repeat the words

They’re not true

Nurse, do something, Doctor, do something

Somebody do something

He’s not really gone

Lord, just one more day, one more hour

One more minute to say “I love you” one more time

At home, the first thing I see is your shirt on the arm of the couch

I clutch your walking stick and weep

He’s not really gone

You’ll be home later in the morning

It’ll be time for Mama to fix your eggs and make sure you take your vitamins

Tonight we’ll have a Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Big Valley marathon

Then I’ll fix your computer and explain Facebook again

This weekend you’ll play your guitar and sing for the nursing home residents

You’ll sing the song you wrote, “Tell Mama her boy is coming home.”

He’s not really gone

I see him that final time before they take his earthly body away

I touch him, touch my heart and I know

He’s right here with me forever

Thank You, Lord Jesus, He’s not really gone

Ara C. Sawyer 1946-2012

Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer is an award-winning inspirational author, speaker and Choctaw storyteller of traditional and fictional tales based on the lives of her people. Get a free e-copy of her first book, "Touch My Tears: Tales from the Trail of Tears": Free e-book

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8 comments on “He’s Not Really Gone
  1. A beautiful tribute to a wonderful Christian man, husband, father and friend. Our prayers are with you and the family.
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  2. I am SO sorry for you Sarah…. the poem is beautiful. I wrote one for my Dad’s memorial and LOST the hard copy and it was on an old computer so it is GONE (until the Lord returns it to me)Hugging you close! Marijo
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    • Sarah Elisabeth says:

      Aw, so sorry your poem is lost Marijo, but I know it’s still written in your heart.

  3. denny and brigett says:

    Looking forward to sittin in on the song-fest that’s waitin for us up there and to hear him say “Happy Trails” once more!

  4. Carla Gade says:

    What a precious picture and poem. I’m so sorry for your loss and pray that you will be comforted with the Savior’s everlasting arms. I lost my dad 2 years ago in August. Difficult times, please give yourself time to grieve, heal, and rest.

    • Sarah Elisabeth says:

      Thank you, Carla, I’m sorry for your loss.

      That’s what I’ve been doing, taking time to “just be”

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