Sunday, January 24, 2010

in honor of my daddy

I am standing by 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 peck of white cloud
just where the sun 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 places 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!'

In memory of my dad, Edgar Griffin (12/31/1926 - 01/22/2010). Loved by all, missed by all.

11 comments:

cheryl said...

Nancy, I'm so sorry for your loss.

dmoms said...

I am praying for you

Michelle said...

Hugs to you sweet friend...this is a beautiful poem...

...and the "eyes watching" him coming and the "voices ready to take up the glad shout"? The eyes of Jesus and the voices of the angels...so beautiful...

Jenni said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you Nancy. Until then...
http://www.blueletterbible.org/Bible.cfm?b=1Th&c=4&v=13&t=KJV#13

Beegirl said...

Sending you love, thoughts and prayers. So very, very sorry for your loss. Know we are thinking of you and your family. Such a beautiful tribute.. tears in my eyes..

Amy Lynne said...

I hope you find peace and comfort at this time within your family...I am so sorry for your loss.

Sarah H. said...

My sympathy to you, friend. I didn't know your dad but I bet he was so proud of you.

Minnie said...

So very sorry to hear of your loss. Sending prayers to you and your family.

Amy said...

Praying for you Nancy! I am so sorry for your loss :(

blueskyhi said...

No words, just prayers.

velvet said...

so sorry for your loss :( what a beautiful poem. prayers for your family!!