~ Janis Witte~
October 3, 1952 - April 17, 2009
I Lost My Friend to Cancer
Dear friend, you cannot fathom
The love I had for you
You always gave compassion
To everyone you knew.
Your heart was full of kindness
Your soul was filled with peace
Your faith could not be shaken
Your light will never cease.
Your joy flowed like a fountain
So clean, so pure, so simple
Like rain that falls in May.
Your smile was like the sunshine
As fresh as any flower
A heart as big as Texas
As steady as a tower.
You praised God for each hour
For each and everyday
You lived life to its fullness
And took the time to pray.
So many acts of kindness
You spread throughout the year
A hug was always waiting
For those that you held dear.
You had a love for babies
And fuzzy kittens too
Unending love for family
And special friendships, too.
A husband, son and sisters
Just to name a few
So many other people
Now miss you like I do.
No longer do your emails
Come to my screen each day
Through all those years of writing
We always found a way.
You traveled through the valleys
Your eyes fixed on the sky
Like Job found in the Bible
You never questioned why
God took you to His mansion
What rejoicing there must be
When He took away your cancer
And He set your spirit free.
The above poem was composed by me
on May 06, 2009 following the loss of my best friend
to cancer. Janis Witte fought the good fight but
succumbed to breast cancer on April 17th, 2009,
two days before my 55th birthday.
It seems that I was unable to really break down and grieve
until I sat down to compose this poem. Everything
seemed so unreal to me; the visitation, the funeral, the burial.
The day they laid Janis’ body to rest, a very strong cold
wind was blowing, so strong in fact, that the eight pallbearers
were the only thing holding the tent down to keep it from
becoming airborne. I believe this was Janny’s way of letting us
know that she was like a strong wind and had her
sights set on the Promised Land. Like an eagle, Janis lifted
her heavenly wings, soaring away high into the sky where God
was waiting to welcome her into His kingdom where her infant
daughter, Amy Elizabeth would anxiously be awaiting her arrival along with
her mother and all those loved ones gone before her.
As I looked at her photo, God led me to select the song “Another You”
for background music. At that point I kind of lost it and the tears
began to flow. “I miss you, dear friend!"
Music: "Another You"