Friday, 18 February 2011

A dedication to a dear friend...

{photo from here}




Today's post is dedicated to a dear friend Jon, who tragically passed away last week.




Death Is Nothing At All
by Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918),
Canon of St.Paul´s Cathedral

Death is nothing at all.
I have only slipped away into the next room,
I am I and you are you,
Whatever we were to each other, that we still are.
Call me by my old familiar name,
Speak to me in the easy way which you always used,
Put no difference in your tone,
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow,
Laugh as we always laughed,
At the little jokes we enjoyed together.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without effect,
Without the trace of a shadow on it.
Life means all that it ever meant,
It is the same that it ever was.
There is unbroken continuity.
Why should I be out of mind,
Because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you, for an interval,
Somewhere very near,
Just around the corner, all is well.

21 comments:

  1. what a beautiful tribute to your friend. I love this piece and I have copied it, to use the next time I need to remember this. xx's

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  2. Beautiful poem. I am sorry to hear of your friend's passing.

    Candylei

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  3. I am so sorry for your loss my friend. This poem is beautiful - thank you for sharing it. What a gentle reminder it is~
    xx

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  4. I am so sorry to hear of your friend's passing.

    I have heard this sentiment before and had wanted to save it and now I will.

    Sending you a big hug,
    Marsha

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  5. Such sad news. My condolences.

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  6. I am sorry to hear of your loss LeeAnn. THis is a lovely tribute to him.
    Take care,
    Mimi

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  7. I am so sad to hear of your loss.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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  8. This tribute is just amazing...sorry to hear about the loss of your loved one...sending warm wishes and caring thoughts your way...Xoxoxo

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  9. I am so sorry for the loss of your friend. Your beautiful message was one I wish never to forget. I have copied it for use to comfort others as you have comforted yourself and us....

    Thank you so much for sharing such emotion.

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  10. Such sad news...... My condolences.....wishing you streingth....love and blessings.....love Ria...xxx..

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  11. I hope those words help you.

    MY Grandmother wrote down once on a piece of paper

    To Live In The heart of those we leave behind Is never To die

    She is still in my heart and I know your friend will always be in your heart also

    Janice

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  12. Oh Leeann, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Praying that you find comfort. xo ~Lili

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  13. So very sorry Leeann. This is such a wonderful piece of poetry - a lovely tribute and thanks for posting it. x

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  14. gorgeous poem!
    lovely pic!
    happy weekend :)
    Rosa

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  15. So sorry Leeann,
    The prose you posted is wonderfully appropriate and I will save it for a time I might need it.
    You gave your friend a heartfelt tribute here...Hugs. Maryanne

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  16. This wonderful poem has such a paternal tone that it brought images of my grandfather to mind. He passed away last July, and it is to him whom the grandchildren in the family owe most of our childhood pictures. I now leave you with the lyrics to a song called "Goodbye" by Irish band The Corrs, written in tribute to the sudden death of their mother (the band members are siblings)and how sometimes we will never really find the time to say goodbye:

    Goodbye
    by The Corrs

    I never thought one day you'd be gone, away forever more
    No one can say, no one could explain why you were taken

    Oh, where ARE YOU now?
    Could I get there somehow?

    It's time to say goodbye
    Block out the sun and pack up the sky
    Don't let my tears start to make you cry
    Each time I try to say my goodbye
    Try to stop asking why
    Tell me it's true, tell me there's something more
    Another time for love
    One day I'll know, one day I'll be there
    Will you be waiting?

    Oh, where YOU ARE now?
    Could I get there somehow?

    It's time to say goodbye
    Block out the sun and pack up the sky
    Don't let my tears start to make you cry
    Each time I try to say my goodbye
    Try to stop asking why
    Try to stop asking why... yeah...

    Where ARE YOU now?
    Could I get there somehow?

    It's time to say goodbye
    Block out the sun and pack up the sky
    Don't let my tears start to make you cry
    Each time I try to say my goodbye
    Try to stop asking why, way
    Try to say my goodbye...

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  17. I am so sorry for your loss Leeann....xv

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  18. Very sorry about the loss of your friend. The poem was very beautiful and the photograph too.Linda

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  19. leeann....
    this is so beautiful... and i am truly sorry for your loss.
    xoxo

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