Steven J. Nordmann (1962 - 2003)

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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.

And yet…

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