Veteran and REME Responder Barry Faith has kindly allowed us to share this poem from his book Poems From The Heart. Find out more about the book at https://heart-poems.com/
Upon hearing of the death of Tom Wellard, in May 2013, age 66 years.
Tom was a fellow REME traveller at 36 Heavy Air Defence Regiment circa 1971-1974.
Our ageing vulnerability,
Only comes to light when I hear or see,
A friend or colleague’s recent passing,
Reminds me of life, non-everlasting.
The end will come to us all,
None can escape the final call;
What stays with those who are left,
Are memories, words and pictures kept.
To late departures and those yet to go,
A farewell now will mean you know,
A cheery goodbye with thoughts in mind,
Memories within me are enshrined.