One of my oldest friends died recently and at her funeral a poem "She Is Gone" was read out during the service. The poem moved everyone present inside the church to tears. This poem, we discovered is the same poem the Queen choose for the funeral of the Queen Mother. After realising the poem was anonymous my husband, determined to discover the author's identity, searched the net to see if he could come up with the writer of the poem. We soon discovered the name of the person who wrote the poem. The identity of the person who wrote the poem is David Harkins. David lives in the UK and he wrote the poem, which he calls "Remember Me" 20 years ago. The poem was written about a girl. We do not know the girl's identity. David stopped writing in 1987. Now he paints. David has a website www.davidharkinsart.co.uk Below is David's poem ....

Remember Me

Do not shed tears when I have gone but smile instead because I have lived. Do not shut your eyes and pray to God that I'll come back but open your eyes and see all that I have left behind. I know your heart will be empty because you cannot see me but still I want you to be full of the love we shared. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live only for yesterday or you can be happy for tomorrow because of what happened between us yesterday. You can remember me and grieve that I have gone or you can cherish my memory and let it live on. You can cry and lose yourself, become distraught and turn your back on the world or you can do what I want - Smile, wipe away the tears, learn to love again and go on.