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Offline mixlass

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Walk Within You
« on: April 30, 2008, 08:03:36 AM »
If I be the first of us to die,
Let grief not blacken long your sky.

Be bold yet modest in your grieving.
There is a change but not a leaving.

For just as death is part of life,
The dead live on forever in the living.
And all the gathered riches of our journey,
The moments shared, the mysteries explored,
The steady layering of intimacy stored,

The things that made us laugh or weep or sing,
The joy of sunlit snow or first unfurling of the spring,

The wordless language of look and touch,
The knowing,
Each giving and each taking,
These are not flowers that fade,
Nor trees that fall and crumble,
Nor are they stone,

For even stone cannot the wind and rain withstand
And mighty mountain peaks in time reduce to sand.

What we were, we are.
What we had, we have.
A conjoined past imperishably present.

So when you walk the woods where once we walked together
And scan in vain the dappled bank beside you for my shadow,

Or pause where we always did upon the hill to gaze across the land,
And spotting something, reach by habit for my hand,

And finding none, feel sorrow start to steal upon you,

Be still.
Close your eyes.
Breathe.

Listen for my footfall in your heart.
I am not gone but merely walk within you.

Taken from The Smoke Jumper by Nicholas Evans 2001
Thank you for the days,
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me
I'm thinking of the days,
I won't forget a single day, believe me

Offline Branch

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Re: Walk Within You
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2008, 08:23:00 AM »
Awww Geez!  That book was among the books I bought the last time my husband and I went book shopping together.  I haven't yet read it.  I haven't read any of the books I bought that day.

Thanks for sharing that with us, mixlass.  I wish all of us could read it with the clich├ęd eye of yesterday rather than with the knowing eye of today.  That one is really nice and differently touches the sentiment of verses of that genre.
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"Real love stories never have endings."
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Offline Kahuna

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Re: Walk Within You
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2008, 09:07:23 AM »
Thanks mix for sharing. It is beautiful.  :cry:

LeRoy was a man of few words... this line epitimizes his love.
The wordless language of look and touch,

"...I love you in a place where there is no space or time..."
Leon Russell

Life will be as it ever was, mean all that it ever meant. You are you, I am I, we are we.

It will be a hard ride; I will be loving you.

Offline madre

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Re: Walk Within You
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2008, 09:16:37 AM »
the fifth and the last paragraph:   OUCH,OUCH,OUCH    :faint2:

Offline KimJ

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Re: Walk Within You
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2008, 12:51:35 PM »
I am not a poetry person and yet this one just speaks to me.

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I am not gone but merely walk within you
  :hf:

Thank you for posting this.

Offline mixlass

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Re: Walk Within You
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2008, 01:11:29 PM »
(((Branch))) I haven't read the book. Someone sent me the poem, and I thought it was so ... just described so well so much of how I feel, now.

Didn't even know who Nicholas Evans was - I just goggled him and he wrote The Horse Whisperer. Mick loved the film, so yet another thread ...


I love this poem. I definitely need to get a new printer so I can carry on with my scrapbooks!
Thank you for the days,
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me
I'm thinking of the days,
I won't forget a single day, believe me

Offline Branch

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Re: Walk Within You
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2008, 02:42:13 PM »
Mick and I musta been twins.  I so loved the film, The Horse Whisperer, that I bought The Smoke Jumper - plus I liked the cover.  :;  The film (THW) is wonderful.  I love horses; seemed I was born on one.  My horse was my childhood best friend and saw me through a lot of pre-teen angst.
"...In my life, I loved you more..."
The Beatles

"Real love stories never have endings."
Richard Bach

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Offline e-nok

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Re: Walk Within You
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2008, 06:20:22 PM »
Thanks for posting that, mixlass. That really helped after a hard day...

Offline Votis

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Re: Walk Within You
« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2008, 10:22:38 PM »
And finding none, feel sorrow start to steal upon you,
Be still.
Close your eyes.
Breathe.
Listen for my footfall in your heart.
I am not gone but merely walk within you.

Taken from The Smoke Jumper by Nicholas Evans 2001

:sob: Thanks Mix-How did you know? This is where I was yesterday and still a little today yet. I needed to hear/ read this. You a such a dear! :kiss2:
"Change-well I think I need a change
a rearrangement of my life-
cause it ain't right -
to be unhappy-
To feel so sad inside"
The Rearrangement, by Russ Otis (copyright 1974)

Offline Desert Prince

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Re: Walk Within You
« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2008, 10:27:50 PM »
((( Votis )))
her light and shadows
play in me

Offline Branch

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Re: Walk Within You
« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2008, 11:05:54 PM »
This journey is something else.  I'll never understand how something that so very much hurts us also is something that so very much helps us or how it is something we so very much need, but it's true for every single widow/er I've met.

Hang in there, Votis.  Sending hugs your way.
"...In my life, I loved you more..."
The Beatles

"Real love stories never have endings."
Richard Bach

Until We Meet Again
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Offline aloneat42

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Re: Walk Within You
« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2008, 10:40:30 AM »
Wow, that was beautiful and as strange as this may sound, I dreamed of Cliff yesterday.  We were together, doing just the normal things we did, we talked, we held hands and he said, that he missed but was so proud of me that I've been the strong woman he fell in love with and he would always love me.

And then I woke up. 

Georgia

Offline KimJ

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Re: Walk Within You
« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2008, 02:48:34 PM »
Hugs Votis

Hugs aloneat42 also.  Cherish those dreams.

Offline mixlass

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Re: Walk Within You
« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2008, 02:51:21 PM »
I love dreaming about him. Don't do it so much nowadays but ... *sigh* ... the moments between sleeping and waking, the close memory of a dream like that ... it can keep me boosted for days.
Thank you for the days,
Those endless days, those sacred days you gave me
I'm thinking of the days,
I won't forget a single day, believe me

Offline Votis

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Re: Walk Within You
« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2008, 12:51:40 AM »
I'm glad you dream of Cliff, Georgia, and you dream of Mick, Mix.
I've never been one to remember my dreams and if I dream of Russ- who knows? :dunno:. I'd like to think I would remember...
Thanks to all for your thoughts- can't figure out where the blues are coming from- looking for the trigger, but it seems to be just...life. You know? i'm breathing... i'm breathing...I'll be ok.
"Change-well I think I need a change
a rearrangement of my life-
cause it ain't right -
to be unhappy-
To feel so sad inside"
The Rearrangement, by Russ Otis (copyright 1974)