Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Sun Has Set

My father left this life this morning. Words truly fail me. Here are some words from Walt Whitman.


On the Beach at Night (An excerpt)


On the beach, at night,

Stands a child with her father,

Watching the east, the autumn sky.

Up through the darkness,

While ravening clouds, the burial clouds, in black masses spreading,

Lower, sullen and fast, athwart and down the sky,

Amid a transparent clear belt of ether yet left in the east,

Ascends, large and calm, the lord-star Jupiter;

And night at hand, only a very little above,

Swim the delicate brother, the Pleiades.

From the beach, the child, holding the hand of her father,

Those burial-clouds that lower, victorious, soon to devour all,

Watching, silently weeps.



Hold your loved ones close to you tonight.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

My heart hurts for you, Little One.

He, and he, will always hold your hand.

As shall I, Always ...

--B/xxx

JuJu said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I honestly don't think there are words that can help at this point. Please know I'll be thinking of you, your family, and your dad.
I, too, have lost my dad, and if you ever need to talk to someone about the feelings, I'm here.
Hold Tallullah Mae. She'll dry your tears.

Stephanie said...

Oh Sherri you have had such a tough year with your brother and now your Dad. I am so very sorry sweetie, and I send you lots of super duper sized bear hugs.

Love Steph and Lolly
XO

Robin said...

dearest friend,
what a beautiful piece of poetry to usher your dad to the other side. you know i believe you will see him again one day. sweet girl, you have been a very good daughter. i am here for anything you need. love, robin

NancyPants said...

Sherri,
I am saddened by your news - not at all what I expected to see when I logged on to see your post. The poem you chose is beautiful and appropriate. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.
Hugs, Nancy

JuJu said...

Just wanted to check in and tell you that you are on my mind this morning.

xxx