Saturday, March 19, 2011

In Memory

Lenore Denna
1917 - 2011

On Thursday, March 17, 2011, my grandmother passed away. She was 93. This picture was taken in 1987, 10 years before her husband of 62 years passed. Although it breaks my heart that she is gone, I am comforted that she is reunited with her eternal companion, the love of her life, my grandfather.

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 speck 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!'

by Henry Van Dyke

Until we meet again.



Doug & April said...

I'm sorry for your loss. I'm glad she's reunited with your grandpa. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Nonna Beach said...

God bless her soul. I am so very sorry Tammy.Beautiful Grandma and poem !

Julie said...

93 years! What a nice long life. So sorry for your loss.

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