Now & Then






I wrote this poem following the passing of my Mother Ellen McAlister, on 7 March 2018. I offer it as a gift to all those who have lost loved ones. Although they’re gone, their memories live on, in the hearts of those whose lives they touched.

Now & Then

Now and then I will recall
A moment lived, however small
That has a special place
Within my heart.

Now and then, a sound or smell
Or a passing sight that dwells
Just long enough
To bring back memories.

And when those memories race
And I feel their warm embrace
For just that moment
Then turns in to Now.

Don McAlister
8 March 2018


About donmcalister

I retired at the end of 2011, after a 39 year career in the Aerospace industry as an Propulsion Engineer, Engineering Manager and Program Manager. My professional interests and expertise is in the areas of Program, Risk and Knowledge Management. I'm passionate about life-long learning involving a wide variety of topics and I'm committed to sharing my knowledge and ideas with those who are interested. My primary hobby is performing jazz music. I'm a jazz keyboard player, and vocalist, and I'm on the Board of Directors of the non-profit Simi Valley Jazz Club, which is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of jazz music from the '20's through the 60's.
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4 Responses to Now & Then

  1. Rick Ladd says:

    Beautiful, Don. Simple . . . and simply . . . beautiful. Please accept my condolences for your loss. Your poem brought a little glistening to my eyes as it evoked memories of my parents, both of whom have been gone for quite some time. Thank you.

  2. Teri Williams says:

    Very touching, Don. It brought a tear to my eye as I remember my parents who have left this earth many years ago.

  3. Steve Northcott says:

    It is a beautiful tribute in memory of your Mom. Aunt Ellen would be so pleased, Don. As ever, Steve

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