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He Is Gone by David Harkins 1981

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You can shed tears that he is gone,
Or you can smile because he lived,
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back,
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
Or you can be full of the love that you shared,
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember him and only that he is gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on,
You can cry and close your mind be empty and turn your
back,
Or you can do what he would want: smile, open your eyes,
love and go on.

apparently this poem was read out at the funeral of the Queen Mother copyright David Harkins

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Fly

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Fly, fly little one
Your endless journey has begun
Take your gentle happiness
Far too beautiful for this
Cross over to the other shore
There is peace forevermore
But hold this memory bittersweet
Until we meet
Fly, fly do not fear
Don’t waste a breath, don’t shed a tear
Your heart is pure, your soul is free
Be on your way, don’t wait for me
Above the universe you’ll climb
On beyond the hands of time
The moon will rise, the sun will set
But I won’t forget
Fly, fly little wing
Fly where only angels sing
Fly away, the time is right
Go now, find the light
These are words from a song by Celine Dion. I wrote them on a card following the death of a good friend Stella Preston and always think of them when I remember her. Always remembered and missed.

 

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They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath,
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods.
Yet, if you enter the woods
Of a summer evening late,
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools
Where the otter whistles his mate,
(They fear not men in the woods,
Because they see so few)
You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet
And the swish of a skirt in the dew,
Steadily cantering through
The misty solitudes,
As though they perfectly knew
The old lost road through the woods.
But there is no road through the woods.

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These are Viola Freckles growing in the back garden. I am planting various Viola in memory of Adam.

By John Marsh © May 2015
Fourteen billion years ago
The whole thing was begun.
Time itself came into being,
The clock began to run.
And in the crucible of space
All there is, was born.
The building blocks of all we know
From some galactic storm.
Collapsing stars formed elements,
The elements combined
To form the substance of it all,
The earth, the trees, mankind!
So look into the midnight sky,
Creation on parade. . .
For what you see in starlight is
The stuff from which we’re made.
For we are in the universe,
The universe in us.
The two are indivisible,
A thing most beauteous.
So hear the song of nature
The song that all things sing.
For we are truly stardust,
Everyone and everything

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Written by John Marsh
Copyright John Marsh
This was published on a poetry website and was a great comfort to me when dealing with the loss of my son and the heartbreak of bringing home his ashes.

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