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Syreeta Wright Muhammad; A Moment To Reflect
Born; August 3, 1946
Transition; July 6, 2004

Come Back As A Flower
The strangest thought came to me on this morning
As I awake to greet the coming dawn
The sun was hardly peaking through the garden
It felt that with everything I was one

Then I wished that I could come back as a flower
As a flower, as a flower
How I wished that I could come back as a flower
As a flower
To spread the sweetness of love, to spread the sweetness of love.

The dew had finished making love to many
A rainbow smelling sweet was in the air
I envied all the silence I saw growing
So unmoved by things outside themselves

Then how I wished that I could come back as a flower
As a flower , as a flower
How I wished that I could come back as a flower
As a flower
To spread the sweetness of love.

How I wished that I could come back as a flower
Oh as a flower, as a flower
How I wished that I could come back as a flower
As a flower, as a flower
To spread the sweetness of love
To spread the sweetness of love

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Wished that I could come back as a flower Flower, flower

Wished that I could come back as a flower Flower

Sweetness of love

How I come back as a flower Flower , flower
How I come back as a flower Flower

Sweetness of love
Sweetness of love

Music and lyrics by Stevie Wonder

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With the sound of her clear and angelic voice singing, "Come Back As A Flower", thus, began the beautiful slide show and eulogy of the life of our Beloved Syreeta. Syreeta's Memorial service included the sharing of memories from friends and family including her children, and an awe inspiring and heart felt dance featuring her precious young daughters. Music was offered by recording artist Sheree Brown, a long time friend of Syreetas, and sharing his memories of her and gift of song, was Stevie Wonder, who besides being her ex-husband, remained her close friend and confidant. Enough cannot be said of the love and support Stevie has always displayed toward Syreeta, and he was there ever step of the way through out her illness.

Many people from all facets of Syreeta's life felt inclined to share their memories of knowing her. Leading the way was Barry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, who reminiscent about her days at Motown and singing career, and even the fact that as a Transcendental Meditation teacher, Syreeta instructed him and many of the recording artist at Motown in the technique of Transcendental Meditation. Most touching was the tender words spoken by her four children. Their deep love for her and sense of loss was overwhelming, especially the loss felt by her two youngest girls, aged 16 and 18.

Everyone who spoke, underscored Syreeta's sweetness and deep desire to make a difference in the world. Most important to her was the hope that people of all races and religions choose to honor their differences and embrace their sameness. In her personal life, she made that a reality.

A fact that many may not know, were the many charitable and altrustic endeavors that Syreeta generously undertook. As an example, Syreeta created and personally funded a program called "Something Special". It was a child development program that taught the principles of love, compassion and how to find inner peace to children between the ages of 4 and 7. I along with a few other Meditation teachers, was honored to be hired to teach in that program. The sharing of wisdom, innocence and acknowledgment of their sanctity, provided a soaring foundation to so many little ones. These things and more, Syreeta did behind the scenes, always with a willingness to do whatever she could to bring heaven into everyone's day to day reality.

As beautiful as the lyrics are, and as wonderful the thought, Syreeta need not come back as a flower, for our beautiful sister was the embodiment of, and has already spread the sweetness of love through her spirit, her music, her laughter and her drive to make the world better. We are so blessed to always have a part of her here on this plane, in her children and in her music. If you would like to recapture Syreeta's music, some of her work is available at Amazon.com

Syreeta, we love you. May God keep you, for you are home, and the heavens rejoice the return of their angel.

Peace and Blessings.
Sibongile