Crying and laughing

January 26, 2011

Standing in a graveyard today.

Full of paradox.

Burying a life ended.

Amid growing trees and children all around.

Mourning a life passed.

While honoring a life well lived.

Crying tears that stop you breathing.

Mixed with laughter.

For his humor, love, and wisdom.

A private man of few words.

Whose written words hold power.

To move the soul.

A man who lived with the deepest loss.

And the deepest gratitude. For all he had.

When those we love leave us.

We remember the past.

We mourn in the present.

And. Perhaps. If we’re lucky.

We can. With time.

Fold in the love and learning.

For the future.

And again from John Donahue. For who else says it so well.

Let us not look for you only in memory,
Where we would grow lonely without you.
You would want us to find you in presence,
Beside us when beauty
When kindness glows
And music echoes eternal tones


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