Monday, November 11, 2019

GONE

November 11, 2019

                                                

She’s gone.   With a last sighing breath her weary heart ceased to beat
and we’re left in the darkness of loss and despair.   A beloved voice stilled,
a beloved spirit gone from our presence.  Grief settled upon us like dust
carried by prairie winds after drought.  “If it’s darkness we’re having,
let it be extravagant”, someone said, and one by one we shared our happiest
memory of her until the room filled with the laughter and joy of who she was,
with the happy memory of her rinky tink piano,  the sound of her accordion
and sing-alongs shared at family campfires,  her cute little giggle, loving
hugs and favorite recipes….and the extravagance of memories lit the darkness.

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My response to Victoria’s challenge to practice prosery,
to include this phrase from “Taking Down The Tree”, a
Jane Kenyon poem --“If  it’s darkness we‘re having
let it be extravagant” in approximately 144 words.  I have
been dealing with loss these past few weeks, thus the quote
seemed timely.

18 comments:

  1. Such a tender telling of what I've seen happen at so many deathbeds. (I was a hospice nurse). The memories live on.

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  2. Poignant and gentle, Bev. A wonderful way to say goodbye.

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  3. So tender. I have seen this happen at several deathbeds. It is always good when it happens.

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  4. I love the way great memories can make darkness extravagant light!

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  5. Your story touched my heart, Beverly. To die well-loved is the best any of us can hope for.

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  6. That was lovely Beverly. To remember a loved one in that waynwith family and friends can be cathartic and healing.

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  7. "and the extravagance of memories lit the darkness." wonderful

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  8. This is so tender and loving Beverly.

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  9. I do agree... often the dinner after a funeral is often the most joyous moment I have felt... remembering and also coming together without any formalities.

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  10. That's beautiful. Turning sorrow into joy.

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