sailing

have you ever had a period of time when it feels like too many bad or sad or tragic things happen all at once?  not necessarily to you, but to people around you?  i’m in one of those right now.  or, hopefully, coming out of it.  one friend lost a close family friend, another is trying to comprehend the death of a newborn and a third, someone i love very much, is thinking a lot about someone she lost a year ago.

a friend found comfort in this poem today and i do, too.  i wanted to share.

 

I am standing upon 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. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud 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 and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear the load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!” There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!” And that is dying.

-Henry Van Dyke

 

uplifting, nonsensical preschooler antics coming soon.  promise.

 


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