Tuesday, 15 March 2011


I am standing by the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch until at last she hangs like a peck of white cloud
just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says :
- 'There she goes!

Gone where?
Gone from my sight - that is all.

She is just as large in mast and hull and spar
as she was when she left my side
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the places of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone at my side says:
- 'There she goes! ',
there are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout :
- 'Here she comes!'

for Gran who past to the other side 
1914 - 14/3/2011

Parable of immortality by Henry Van Dyke - 1852 - 1933 


VioletSky said...

this a beautiful eulogy.
so sorry for your loss. I hope she left for distance shores peacefully.

Crystal Pistol said...

Thank you for suggesting I read this. It's beautifully done. I feel comforted in my own loss when I think of loved ones exclaiming, "There she comes."

I'm so grateful for my faith that there is More beyond mortality.

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