In Memory of Ray


In Loving Memory of

Raymond Wayne Blankenship

February 13, 1984 – October ?, 2017

Don’t be troubled by my absence,

Though I know it brings you sorrow.

It was time for me to go, and I

Was not meant for tomorrow.

I am resting in His mercy,

I am healing by His grace.

I’ll be there with you who love me,

Though you might not see my face.

Love each other, show forgiveness,

Pick your battles, guard your heart,

And remember, if you love me,

We will never be apart.

Survived by his parents Kenneth Blankenship and Marlene Simmons Koykar (Michael), brother Noah Blankenship (Lisa) and their children Logan and Karlie, aunts and uncles Kathy and Bryan Gellman, Michael Simmons (Teresa), Patty and DeWayne Thompson, and Brenda Killian (Bob Godfrey), a host of cousins and friends, and his beloved companion Sarah Morin and daughter Zilia.

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I’m not that girl

I’m not that girl you knew, you know.

You know I’m not that girl.

The dust of the enchanted miles

sticks in my throat, muddy,

and stifles words I might regret.

You hang on to my memory

like a rosary, marking each layer

with a reverent rub of the thumb.

Repeating

Repeating

Repeating

prayers never answered.

I’m not that girl you knew.

And I know

you’re not that boy,

that beautiful

mystical gypsy

I sharpened my teeth on

and left there on the road.

© 2006 rhonda lee richoux

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