I have really tried to write today.
However I have trashed it all.
It’s Christmas time and I am just not able to write about anything,
but the sadness I feel for my friend on the loss of her lovely son.
So in order to spare you my misery I am going to do a repost.
It is one of my favourites.
I hope you enjoy it and apologies to those who read it before.
Throughout my life I have loved to read.
The first book that really took my breath away,
was “The lion, the witch and the wardrobe”.
I can remember going into my brothers room when I had finished it,
and saying “I can’t believe that adventure happened in just a minute in time!”.
I was hooked.
However when I was fifteen,
I went away from home for a month.
I traveled to a very wealthy holiday resort,
and minded four children for a family I knew.
Whilst I was there, I received a letter.
It was from my Dad,
with the instructions,
“Not to be opened until the night before you come home”.
I was intrigued, and very impatient.
There were days when I felt so far away,
and greatly missed the noise and arguments of my own family.
I would look at that envelope,
and wish I could open it.
It might allow me to travel home for a moment,
and ease some of my loneliness.
But I resisted.
Finally the last night came.
I could barely contain myself,
waiting for everyone to be tucked in for the night.
I sat on my bed and shaking,
I took out my well worn envelope,
and carefully opened it.
Inside it, was one page,
on which a poem was written.
Just as “The lion the witch and the wardrobe”,
had surprised me all those years before,
and sown the seed for my love of books.
This poem awoke in me,
a hunger for poetry I did not know I had.
It was the first time I understood,
a poem says so much more than words can say.
Directions for your Homecoming.
Come quietly, softly up the path,
The wind will know you as you pass.
The little flowers that star the grass,
will lift their sleepy heads again.
The shy, the furred, the feathered things,
these will not scurry from your feet,
there’ll be no rush of startled wings,
for gentle are you, ever sweet.
Then quietly, softly ah, once more,
your foot upon the path.
A part of me asleep will wake,
your hand upon the door.
I cannot credit the author as my dad is no longer around,
and the internet does not recognize it.
As I read this simple poem again today it speaks to
me on so many levels.
As a parent waiting for my children,
to return from college,
As a daughter hearing her late father,
as he speaks to her once more.
And as someone who is grieving.
I wonder if the little warrior has found a new home,
and this was written especially for him.
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14 thoughts on “More than words can ever say.”
like this poem, tric
perhaps it’s the celtic melancholy that falls upon me from time to time but my first thought when I read this poem was that it was about a ghost returning to visit a loved one
made me think of ‘She Moved through the Fair’
Ah my party piece! I had never viewed this poem this way but you can bet I do now.
A beautiful poem indeed. I shared duncan’s reaction, the departed are ever present in our thoughts and dreams
We go on in the certain knowledge that one day we will join them.
One of my readers encouraged me to write about my sadness..ect..anger.. I love your honesty and I know what she meant.. She said she felt like she knew more of me when I did that ..wrote whatever was in my heart..
Reblogs are good too. ♡ This is a good one.
I’d love to but too many who will see me every day read this blog now so I feel they worry or become concerned when I say too much. That is what stopped me today. I’ll find a happy medium or else begin a private blog.
Oh I know you will find a creative way.. I kind of say less in my little posts that can have more than one meaning. No doubt you will find a way to express this. .I still find comfort in your words..like “Leave trouble alone.” I have 🙂
I am sorry for your grief Tric. Just give it time and the words will come again. When my marriage fell apart, the words dried up a bit and all I could write about was my sadness. Just take care of yourself and the words will be flowing on the page again when you are ready. Hugs.
i love this and thank you for sharing it again once more, it is well worth reading again. take time to grieve and write once more when you are ready and able again. hugs )
Thanks. As I’m sure you know every day is different, some easier than others. I find writing a great release if I am in the form for it.
No apologies needed for love, grief and sharing. And I loved this sharing.
I hadn’t read the original post before – what a wonderful man your dad was, and what a beautiful poem.
He was magic. Thank you. He left me early but set the bar very high!