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Author Name: FreeBarbara D. 13 Comments
Date Added: October 03, 2009 04:10:12 Average Score: (Needs 2)
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You gaze from the picture

Black and white photography masks

Your bright blue eyes

Yet cannot tarnish the twinkle

Youthful, strong, handsome

A full head of hair


Years pass with the flip of a page

I watch you age


Another album, colored prints 

Here we are traveling

Province to province

Camping, sight-seeing

Another family gathering

Good folks, great food

You with your mandolin

Making music, spreading joy

Look at this one

We're dressed to the nines

Like we did for special occasions

Here is my favorite snap

You with fiddle and bow playing

Red River Valley


I turn another page, watch you age



My emotions swung like a pendulum

Since the desolate day

You could not remember who I was

My happy memories blend

With the turmoil of your final years

A mix of yesterday's light smiles

And today's heavy sorrow 


As the memorial service turned

Page after page

Of the book of your life

Bittersweet remembrance tore

A thin scab from a fresh wound

Author's Notes:

~ In loving memory of H. Demasson whose funeral was Sept 22. A memorial service was held yesterday so the residents of the long term care facility who could not attend the funeral could remember him. I found it difficult to go through the service a second time.~

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Comment By: FreeThe Bag Lady on October 16, 2009 02:55:12 PM Report
Firstly, my condolences.....This was a tearful write, and twice as tearful for you when you experienced the second service...I am truly sorry, my friend....However, your remembrance of this Soul is priceless for those around them and for you....
Maggie.....a friend

Comment By: FreeSilkinTears on October 9, 2009 03:38:43 PM Report
Hi Barbara...I am so sorry for your loss. Very touching and moving poem. You captivated all the feelings of the memories of a love one passed and the sorrow of the grieving. My condolences and love I send to you.

Comment By: FreeAlison Storm Wolf on October 7, 2009 01:26:45 PM Report
Hello Barbara, What a very moving captured everything in your own flawlwess style. You write exquisite poetry and he would be so very proud of you.
My heart felt condolences and admiration to a true poet,
Ali x
Comment By: FreeLORETTA PITILLI on October 7, 2009 07:12:25 AM Report
Dear Barbara,  So sorry for  your loss.  You captivated each moment here...I felt as though I was there beside you... gather strength from these images and know that he is smiling down at you.   May God send you much needed light and love, loretta
Comment By: PremiumDavid Turner on October 5, 2009 07:34:25 PM Report
A wonderful elegy Barbara. You mark out all the important things. Old photos are so moving, so nostalgic, bringing back all those important memories - so the loss of memory is the cruelest trick, taking life away from the still living.



Comment By: FreeAlfred on October 5, 2009 12:28:19 PM Report
This brought tears to my eyes, but I know there can be no sorrow if we've not loved.


Comment By: Freejoey on October 3, 2009 09:29:17 PM Report
I am so sorry for your loss. But I am glad to see you use poetry to let out your

Comment By: FreePeter Sammylin on October 3, 2009 08:44:42 PM Report

This is a beautiful heart touching tribute to the loved one....  It has made me all silent.  I'll think of you in my prayers....

Comment By: Freenoah count on October 3, 2009 08:07:28 PM Report

to someone special, who always accentuates the positive, my condolences

Comment By: TrialAnn on October 3, 2009 01:13:07 PM Report
Barbara, this is a loving tribute to someone that gave you the gift of memories. Sorry for your loss. Beautiful poetry has its purpose.
Comment By: FreeLady Dragonwyck on October 3, 2009 10:59:10 AM Report

Barbara:  this is so loving.  black and white pictures from early years, colour pics also to remember.  I am so sorry for your loss.  Please stay strong and remember he is smiling and waving down from Heaven to you.  Sending his love for your love.......

Lady D

Comment By: FreeShe Whispers on October 3, 2009 07:47:11 AM Report
 Your such a very compassionate loveing lady..
. So sorry for your great loss...
Texas sends love and hugs my dear friend....

Comment By: ModeratorJillian K. Alexis on October 3, 2009 07:39:23 AM Report
This is beautiful Barbara. I am so sorry for your loss...Hugz...Jillian


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