~THAT NIGHT~

My husband was laying close by my side,
Sleep and dreams, he could find.
I was lying wide-awake
(So I could welcome the boys,
no matter how late).
Tonight they were not traveling together;
But, the days were warm
and filled with good weather.
~
About 11:20,
I heard his truck come up the drive,
I was so happy and glad that he had arrived.
The lights played and danced
through the window blinds,
Glinted off the mirror and into my eyes.
I heard his truck motor come to a stop;
Then I heard the noise of his key
in the front door lock.
~
The door opened and shut,
not making much noise.
Still, I was certain it was my youngest boy.
Soon, I heard the squeek
from him climbing the stairs
And the rustle of clothes
being thrown on his chair.
These familiar sounds came from his room
And I waited to greet him--
he would be in here soon.
~
He never failed, he always came by,
Looked in the door,
tipped his hat and said, "Hi".
But, now the sound of silence
was all that I heard
And I jumped from my bed to try to learn...
What was wrong?  Where was he?
(He had never been one to worry me!)
~
But, his room was dark, so I turned on his light
And glanced around this familiar sight.
Nothing was moved,
the room was quiet and still;
And I shivered just like I was catching a chill.
Alarms were now ringing
somewhere in my head
And I tripped and almost fell
by the foot of his bed.
~
More chills started running
up and down my back
And I wondered aloud about where he was at.
I awakened my husband
when I went back to my room;
He said, "Don't worry,
he'll be coming home soon".
~
An hour later, our world turned inside out;
I wanted to scream, I wanted to shout...
They said our son had been killed
in a traffic accident!
But, I know that from God,
the angels were sent:
(At 11:20 p.m., just a little before
I went to his room and turned on his light!)
They welcomed him home
to Heaven that night.



 By Susan Elaine Collins 2001 ©

 

 

 

 



   

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