Three Years Ago Today - Gone From My Site

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strenghth.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white coud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone".

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her dimished size is in me - not in her.
And, just at he moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"there are other eyes watching her coming and other voice ready to take up the glad shout,

"Here she comes!"

And that is dying. . .

Death come in its own time, in its own way.
Death is as unique as the individual experiencing it.


God Bless you, Mom. We miss you.


Roxane B. Salonen said...

Marie, I'm sorry for your loss. I know that in some ways it gets easier, and in other ways it doesn't. This poem is one that was shared when Emilie died, and it is so true, but so bittersweet at the same time, isn't it? It brings comfort, and it brings sadness too, over that which we can see to some extent but can no longer touch. And we need tough! Next time we meet I'm going to give you a big old hug, friend. :) It will be from your mom. Until then, I hope you experience other mom-hugs. She loves you, still, and even more than ever. Hang on. There will be a reunion, and it will be grand. :) For now, Murray needs your very real hugs, so stick around a while, okay? :)

Marie said...

Thank you for reading and commenting. The poem is so beatifully done, and yes, it brings comfort and some sadness. I was fortuante to have her for my 27 years, and the world was fortunate to have her for 50. I try to remember that, but sometimes, I remind myself that it's okay to feel sad. I know that she's always with me, and I plan to live as long as God graces me! :) Looking forward to the hug.