Irina Sztukowski was honored to illustrate a poem by an amazing author Carolyne Swayze:
Standing By The Sea
One day as I stood by the sea,
a sailing ship did sail towards me.
What beauty I thought,
what splendor, what grace,
when all at once my heart did race,
for as it neared, at a leisurely pace,
I saw a figure with my mother's face.
I called to her with all my might,
she turned and smiled, then sailed out of sight.
For one eternal moment I stood and stared,
before falling to my knees in motherless despair.
At just that moment I heard a sound,
through teary eyes, I looked around,
to see an Angel, hovering over the ground.
The Angel spoke in hallowed voice,
"Rejoice, dear child, for on this day
a trip to Glory is underway,
and when she reaches the arriving shore,
she'll greet loved ones gone on before.
So lament no more," the Angel scried,
"For God's Kingdom awaits her on...