Sunday, September 25, 2011

Magpie #84 Barb's funeral

The funeral was yesterday.
A big church, in a small hamlet,
Filled almost to capacity---
The pastor commented.
A celebration of life
projected on the wall,
Of moments in a long life
Cut short.

and Hallelujah!!!
they celebrated the last nine
Years of life.
little or no
Of the fuller life that filled that
in the woods.

The rain fell
on the sunny day.
The birds
God's faithful daughter home.

And WE
said our farewells........


Blogger Kathy B. said...

I like the mystery of this, the sense it gives of a much bigger story of this woman's life and of the way of her death, the mix of optimism and sadness.

1:05 PM  
Blogger JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

nicely done up to the end of it..


1:13 PM  
Blogger Maxwell Mead Williams Robinson Barry said...

sad to just have ended a funeral,


lovely magpie.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Tess Kincaid said...

Poignant and beautiful...

2:08 PM  
Blogger christopher said...

Some are afraid of funerals. I am not. I am happy that so many attended, and confused why more of her was not celebrated. However, I know what churches are like, sure enough. You may have written a story, and yet I seem to want to take this one rather literally. I like it that you compel me into a part of the real world.

2:20 PM  
Anonymous The Orange Tree said...

time to move on,

lovely story told with a beautiful goodbye.

3:09 PM  
Blogger Roy Schulze said...

Most funerals, like this one, leave me wanting to say all the things left unsaid.

3:19 PM  
Blogger Stafford Ray said...

I guess this poem expresses a personal loss. It has that feeling, despite the Hallelujah and the Amen.

3:59 PM  
Blogger Chronicles of Illusions said...

it feels so sad - so unfulfilled - beautiful

4:17 PM  
Blogger Fireblossom said...

Ah, but you'll see her again. Believe it.

5:06 PM  
Blogger Lady Em said...

It's like I just picked up a book and started reading a random page, I want to know more!:)

5:18 PM  
Blogger Kay L. Davies said...

"in a long life cut short" — there is something very personal there, either to you, or to me.
Very well done.

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

6:38 PM  
Blogger The Blog of Bee said...

A read that tugs at the heart strings. We should say our farewells - it's supposed to bring closure. In no way to forget - simply closure.

7:43 PM  
Blogger Arian Tejano said...

I like the detachment of the speaker towards the event. Sadly, it happens sometimes.

9:29 PM  
Blogger hyperCRYPTICal said...

Tugs at the heart strings indeed.

Farewells are often sad yet at times can be a joyous release (to those who enter different plains).

Anna :o]

4:02 AM  
Blogger Lyn said...

So many layers to this..sadness and hope..truly felt!

8:22 AM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

funerals are always such a hodgepodge of emotion...i hope her trip home is smooth in accompaniment of the rain...and that it sooths those left behind...

8:45 AM  
Blogger Helen said...

Never an easy task ... saying goodbye. Your Magpie poem is heartfelt and lovely.

12:51 PM  
Blogger Tumblewords: said...

Powerful and poignant - it brings a catch to the breath.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Arnab Majumdar said...

Goodbyes never come easy...

Arnab Majumdar on

7:43 PM  
Blogger Cathy Feaster said...

wow, great emotion here, intrigues me to want to know more about the deceased...

9:16 PM  
Blogger Isabel Doyle said...

That was an inviting piece, leaving this reader with many questions. Beautifully written.

3:24 AM  
Blogger Margaret said...

intrigued by " little or no mention of the fuller life that filled that out-of-the-way Church in the woods". The rest is comforting, actually.

1:53 PM  
Blogger Intelliblog said...

Well-crafted Magpie and an excellent take on the prompt.

6:25 PM  
Blogger Churlita said...

Lovely poem without telling us everything.

4:36 PM  
Blogger JBinford-Bell said...

I have been a year since there was no memorial, no funeral, for one I loved. As sad as funerals are (and you capture it so well) sadder yet is there not being one. No ceremony at passing away and a chance to say our farewells.

Very nice poem.

6:18 AM  
Blogger Helena said...

Simply touching. Life and its farewells vary greatly. Long or short, they're never easy.

6:11 PM  
Blogger Boss Lady said...

love !

10:39 PM  

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