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Old 11-01-2013, 04:56 PM
 
Location: Ohio
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I've always loved this, by e.e. cummings:


"I carry your heart with me, I carry it in my heart."


Don't know if it helps, but thought I'd give it a try....
You did good. It does help. Selfish as it might be, it helps me at least.

I think rifleman would like that, and this as well...

"And death i think is no parenthesis" -- e. e. cummings

..."since feeling is first"...

Mircea

My sincere apologies for whatever part came across as being selfish....It's certainly the last thing I wanted!

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Old 11-01-2013, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Up above the world so high!
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ohhhkay...I knew my father well. I am usually quite wordy (I come by it honestly I wager). I must do an obituary for my father to run in the British Columbian newspapers. I have got all the regular info figured out but I sure could use some other words to describe him. I thought I'd ask...getting out the thesaurus seems so cold and impersonal. Maybe asking strangers in an internet forum is as well...feel free to judge me but I don't have any frame of reference for this surreal experience...

I'm finding that I'm at a loss for words. I can't even begin it seems...

I know that there are people here who were close to him so I thought I'd fish for maybe some profound sentiments...orrr possibly a non-religious poem? It's hard to find an obituary poem that doesn't talk about God...what do the atheists quote???

Alrighty, I actually just mined this thread for some sentiments...judging their strength by how much they made me cry (seems as valid a process as any). Sooo I'd love any quotes or poems that people can come up with that fit my father...if anyone feels up to it...
Sorry for the slow response, but this poem by Henry Van Dyke seems somehow to remind me of your Dad:

Departure

Oh, why are you shining so bright, big Sun,
And why is the garden so gay?
Do you know that my days of delight are done,
Do you know I am going away?
If you covered your face with a cloud, I 'd dream
You were sorry for me in my pain,
And the heads of the flowers all bowed would seem
To be weeping with me in the rain.

But why is your head so low, sweet heart,
And why are your eyes overcast?
Are they clouded because you know we must part,
Do you think this embrace is our last?
Then kiss me again, and again, and again,
Look up as you bid me good-bye!
For your face is too dear for the stain of a tear,
And your smile is the sun in my sky.

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Old 11-01-2013, 10:06 PM
 
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You did good. It does help. Selfish as it might be, it helps me at least.

I think rifleman would like that, and this as well...

"And death i think is no parenthesis" -- e. e. cummings

..."since feeling is first"...

Mircea
Your cummings quotations are wonderful....He possessed such a gift for knowing what "real life" is truly comprised of!
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Old 11-02-2013, 12:25 AM
 
Location: Victoria, BC.
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Thoughts on this?

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints of snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there. I did not die.

-Mary Frye

I know that my father didn't believe in any form of reincarnation but this begs of 'matter can neither be created or destroyed, it just changes form"....?
You have just brought tears to my eyes....That is the bereavement poem used for my son's funeral years ago...I think that your father would have agreed that it is a good choice for him...I certainly think it fits
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Old 11-02-2013, 01:10 AM
 
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Really sad to hear this. Rifleman was a very entertaining, intelligent, unique character on CD forums...
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Old 11-02-2013, 03:29 AM
 
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A poem will just be an addition to a write up I'm doing about his life. What a challenge it is proving to be!! I could write a 20 page essay on his life! It seems that he lived enough life for 10 people when I write it all out on paper...how, oh HOW, can I pare it down into something I can share at his memorial let alone into a concise obit. It's coming along though and it's nice to think about some of the older memories that I have of him that I haven't thought of in years...

Thank you for all of your thoughts.
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Old 11-02-2013, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Northeastern US
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A poem will just be an addition to a write up I'm doing about his life. What a challenge it is proving to be!! I could write a 20 page essay on his life! It seems that he lived enough life for 10 people when I write it all out on paper...how, oh HOW, can I pare it down into something I can share at his memorial let alone into a concise obit. It's coming along though and it's nice to think about some of the older memories that I have of him that I haven't thought of in years...

Thank you for all of your thoughts.
It's entirely up to you and your family, of course, but if you saw fit to share it with us here when it's done I'm sure we would both appreciate and enjoy it very much.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:06 AM
 
Location: Log home in the Appalachians
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I came across this and thought it might be appropriate. It's by a Native American by the name of Hanoochi.


I Am There

I am the breeze that kisses you cheek.
I am the sun that warms your face.

When you look at the purple evening sky, it is me.
When you see the majestic mountain, it is me.

When the birds sweetly sing, it is my voice.
When the water gently laps against the shore, it is my heartbeat.

I am the green grass against your feet.
I am the refreshing shade of summer.

In the stars, you see my eyes.
In the blue sky, you see my body.

Feel the air that surrounds you, I am there.
Feel the love in your heart, I am there.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Victoria, BC.
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Very beautiful and appropriate, Ptsum.
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Old 11-02-2013, 12:03 PM
 
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Ohhh I like that. Thanks for sharing it ptsum.
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