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Niki Clark Female, 39, United Kingdom (5/9/2005 7:29:00 AM)

I have a friend's funeral to attend tomorrow and I would really like to find a poem either to read or to put in a card. Can anyone suggest an alternative to the classic 'Stop all the clocks'...?

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  • Rookie Sue Casey (5/9/2005 4:33:00 PM) Post reply
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    I think this is quite lovely and filled with meaning:

    Parable of Immortality

    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! '

    Henry Van Dyke 1852 - 1933

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