A daughter to me, on earth, I've none;
A daughter to see, I've naught, not one...
Yet, even so...in my mind I know...
I yet may meet, in a time unfurl'd,
A daughter quite sweet, beyond this world...JR (poetry revised Sept 7, 2011)
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Many years ago while my wife Serafina was on a visit to her native country of British Honduras, I received a letter from a sister of hers that Serafina had become sick and miscarried. It was too early in the developing life, to know the gender or whether it was one, or two .
I went about picking names to cover the possibilities, which meant two names for boys and two for girls. It's been so long ago but it seems to me I selected the names Demetrius and Dirck, if they happened to be boys. One of the girl's names I selected was Désirée .
In looking at the possibilities, I would incline to think it was just one that Serafina lost, but I simply don't know. Since I never had a daughter, I will imagine it to be one and paint a picture in my mind of what she might look like. Yes, I admit, I'll paint her pretty. She's graceful and pleasing to look at. In my mind I visualize her being of good temperament, sweet and kindly. A gentle soul, she smiles easily and her face lights up.
She's in her early twenties, which may be
how people in heaven look, youthful in the full bloom of life. She is about
5 ft. 8 inches tall, with shoulder-length, dark hair. Her green
eyes are set in a well-shaped face with a small dimpled chin. They're
a shade of greenish turquoise, with a little brown coloration invading the
verdant from the side. One of her forebears had green eyes, a
Confederate soldier, perhaps of Scottish descendancy and Louisiana
residency. He was Serafina's great grandfather William Rhody who went south
where he met an Indian woman from Ticul, Mexico, and they had a daughter
With her second name I call her Désirée Immaculée. Should she happen to have a twin sister, her twin is Marie Elise.
I imagine her happy and joyful, there
sometimes casting an eye toward the gate, thinking of the day she'll see us,
and ready to greet us with a rose, fragrant with a blush of dawn. I hope I will
be deemed good enough to enter and see the daughter I never saw in this
life: a young woman blent of Spanish and Indian blood...and aye, perchance a lass, with
a wee bit of Scottish...
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