A Parable Of Immortality Poem by Henry Van Dyke

A Parable Of Immortality

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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,
and I stand and watch until at last she hangs
like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea 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 place 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! '
And that is dying.

Friday, November 28, 2014
Topic(s) of this poem: death
COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Maxine 02 February 2018

Does anyone know the title of a book published with this poem in? Thank you.

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Subhas Chandra Chakra 26 November 2017

when someone at my side says, ' There she goes! ' Beautiful poem shared with us. Thanks for the sharing.

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Thabani Khumalo 16 June 2015

I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.v

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Henry Van Dyke

Germantown, Pennsylvania
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