Little Flowers by the Road When I see little flowers by the road As one would see come early spring Growing wildly along fields and slopes I sigh, and I think of you in the meadow How lovely they would look upon your stone When I see little flowers by the road I no longer think of putting them in my hair Nor to adorn my desk or mantle The very sight alone reminds me of you When I see little flowers by the road As I make my way up the peak— vivid poppy with their lazy petals bright mustard as they float and sway, tell me that I’m on my way, closer to you It has become a ritual that I rather not relish Choosing each one carefully worthy of you I look for the strongest and brightest Their show will pay tribute the longest Until I return again to repeat the journey When I see little flowers by the road I feel sad, I know their life is brief As the days go by, the flowers wilt Their colors fade and their petals drop The stems wither and succumb They have returned to where they came When I see little flowers by the road I know they will greet me again next spring I am reminded about the cycle of life I take solace in the seeds they left behind That life is short but with purpose I am reminded of you my friend I smile and I cry Momma Pat, Your human companion

Writing this little poem helps me honor Milo. The trips to Napa to Milo's resting place are times when I find I am closest to him, the time provides private healing, I am able to see beauty all around me, and am truly reminded that we are only passing through. We do not own anything and everything is left behind. But, the beauty of life continues and repeats itself. The beauty we leave behind when our bodies are done is our legacy. It is what our loved ones will recall when the pain of our passing is too painful. The pain is necessary but it gives way to memories of joyous times, of laughter, and the little things recalled about our loved one.

Remember to smell the flowers by the road, and one occasion and with purpose, steal some. They will grow back, they always do.