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October 7, 1962 ~ May 27, 2003
The next place that I go
Will be as peaceful and familiar
As a sleepy summer Sunday
And a sweet, untroubled mind.
It won't be anything like any place I've ever been…
Or see…or even dreamed of
In the place I leave behind.
I will travel empty-handed.
There is not a single thing
I have collected in my life
That I would ever want to bring Except…
The love of those who loved me,
And the warmth of those who cared.
The happiness and memories
And magic that we shared.
Though I will know the joy of solitude…
I'll never be alone. I'll be embraced
By all the family and friends I've ever known.
Although I might not see their faces,
All our hearts will beat as one,
And the circle of our spirits
Will shine brighter than the sun.
I will cherish all the friendship I was fortunate to find,
All love and all the laughter in the place I leave behind.
All these good things will go with me.
They will make my spirit glow.
And that light will shine forever In the next place that I go.
The Next Place
(adapted) by Warren Hanson
submitted by your loving family
Published in the St. Cloud Times from May 24 to May 26, 2013