Tuesday, July 27, 2010

in memory


before i start this poem
a moment of silence
for friends that have fallen...


japanese lanterns
hang lightly on limbs of trees
lining the road
winding through the cemetery;
those that fall,
burst,
scattering seed
that grow in their memory.

Its been a rather tough week in blog land. Two friends that I was priveleged to know and read passed away. I appreciate the time I had with them.
This is for One Shot Wednesday. Write a poem and come join us.

129 comments:

Bonnie said...

Tender and true, Brian.

Steven Anthony said...

beautiful and sweet.

anthonynorth said...

Wonderful words.

moondustwriter said...

Thanks Bri - for the sweet reflection and the reminder that we always have something that remains when we go.

Meeko Fabulous said...

A beautiful way to be remembered.

Tom said...

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Tabor said...

Brian, thank you, thank you. You know how to do it right.

Prayer Girl said...

You touched the heart of the matter. Beautiful tribute to those who have moved on before us.

Thank you Brian.

PG

signed...bkm said...

Beautiful way to remember...bkm

Sam Liu said...

I am so sorry, Brian. You have given your treasured friends an endearingly beautiful tribute and a touching goodbye. May they rest in peace.

Mighty M said...

Loved your beautiful poem, so hard to lose/say goodbye to our friends and family. :(

Pastor Bill said...

Beautiful. Thank you for this. - Bill

Monkey Man said...

thoughtful remembrance.

Wings said...

Nice tribute, Brian.

~ Tabitha ~ said...

What a touching and beautiful share,Brian.Big hugs.xo

deb said...

tender, powerful.

sorry for your losses.

dustus said...

Sorry, Brian... A wonderful tribute.

TALON said...

I'm sorry for your loss, Brian.

Beautiful tribute.

Maggie said...

Beautiful.

I terribly sorry. *hugs*

Amanda said...

Brian, so sorry for the loss of your friends, a beautiful tribute to them. Your light shines bright my friend. Thanks for sharing this. I send you warm wishes ~ Amanda

william said...

very tragic friend :(

Me said...

Beautiful tribute, sorry for your loss.
-C

Kat_RN said...

Once again, your words are just right. Lovely photo too.
Kat

Brian Miller said...

when i started this crazy blog adventure i never would have believed the attachments that can be made...that is would cry for one i never met...but touched my life...

thanks guys!

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I wanted to say sorry for the pain you feel, but the feeling is what produces the words .....

sweetmango said...

Thank you Brian
xxm

betweenhearts75 said...

A sad and beautiful tribute Brian, and the memory on through the kindness of your words, so well done....

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

So sorry to hear when one suddenly leaves...words left unspoken but yet, the pain exists and goes on and on.

Hope that there is comfort and peace in this time of having to let go and say goodbye for now.

Desert Rose said...

sorry for your loss Brian,they will feel your words for them.lovely tribute.for words fly where the souls meet.

Cor said...

Touching tribute to great friends. Sorry for your loss.

heartspell said...

This is a beautiful tribute to your blog friends and I am sorry that they will no longer be here with you in print, but hopefully the good memories will linger way on...Beautiful entry for One Shot Wednesday...I am sure they would feel honored by these words. Heartspell

Travel & Dive Girl said...

Touching and heartwarming...

Maha said...

I loved the Japanese lanterns metaphors. It's just a sad thing people we've known dying.

Selma said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friends. I lost a dear blogging friend last year and it was incredibly sad. I had never met her in person but I felt I knew her well through her writing. I miss her a lot. My sympathies to you.

Teri said...

Brian--It seems that there are lots of us who are "remembering" this week. What sadness we are all sharing. Thanks for the words. They help me with what I am going through this week too.

secret agent woman said...

It's amazing to me how attached we become to our blogfriends, and how strong the loss is when we lose them.

I know Japanese lanterns are an invasive weed, but I'm glad to have their beauty in my garden.

Fireblossom said...

My sincere condolences, Brian.

CM said...

So beautiful yet so sad. Sorry for the loss of your friends, my friend.

The Girl from Cherry Blossom Street said...

Oh the sadness that envelopes us when we lose something or someone that can never ever be replaced.

The sadness that we endure....(SIGH).

Christina said...

A lovely, heartfelt tribute Brian.

*hugs*

Steven Marty Grant said...

I love how well you captured the sentiment with so few words. Excellent post!

Steven Marty Grant said...

I love how well you captured the sentiment with so few words. Excellent post!

Bernie said...

I thought of Barry while reading this Brian......:-) hugs

TechnoBabe said...

I like the thought of scattering seeds that grow in their memory.

kkrige said...

A simple, but beautiful tribute poem Brian. What a lovely metaphor you use. Hugs to you in this rough week. Mortality walks a fine line that can be hard to ignore when we are presented with loss. Be kind to you and yours

Brian Miller said...

bernie...you should, he was one onf them...the other was richard (aka buffalodick) that died unexpectedly yesterday...

Boonsong said...

I'm sorry to read of your loss. My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Beautiful poem. Fitting tribute. Thanks.

All the best, Boonsong

Mama Zen said...

Beautiful, Brian. And, I'm sorry for your loss.

ds said...

I am sorry for your losses; it is hard to lose a friend, whether after a long illness, or abruptly. This is a lovely tribute, and a reminder. Thank you.

PattiKen said...

This is a beautiful poem, Brian. It's a lovely way to say goodbye.

Baino said...

Shame 2 in one week is harsh. I was aware of one. Very sad but I guess it's inevitable. Nice little tribute.

Jenna said...

I am so sorry for your loss. This poem is a beautiful tribute. So touching.

Sophia said...

What a perfectly written work. No one could have provided a better tribue. Very sorry to hear of the loss of such dear friends. You're in my thoughts...lifting you and your family up in heart and spirit.

Susan Deborah said...

Today my meditation portion was on friends: David and Jonathan. I took some time to think of all the friends who have made life easy, you know. I was overwhelmed and filled with thankfulness. In that list there were many who were my virtual friends but the connection is indeed very tender and touching.
I am glad for the people you met and so cherish.

Joy always dear Brian,
Susan

Tony Single said...

Such a beautiful dedication to absent blogging friends, Brian. I admire your heart. :)

Cloudia said...

We love our blog friends truly, Brian





Aloha from Waikiki

Comfort Spiral

Magpie said...

It is amazing the connections we make with people we never meet face to face. Sorry for your loss. Beautiful tribute.

ladyfi said...

Oh no - I'm so sorry to hear about your loss.

Lovely tribute.

Dianne said...

I hope memories burst when I fall.
what imagery. write poems about those we love before they die, and read them aloud to the source....

when it matters most...
following quietly,
Dianne

Birdie said...

oh, Brian, I'm so sorry to hear that! may they rest in peace and may their families find peace as well. They will feel your words of love...

Gwei Mui said...

A great reflective piece

sagirl said...

That is the nicest way to remember a loved one!

Goofball said...

that poem gives shivers down my spine

Valerie said...

A really touching tribute to your friends, Brian.

Cindy said...

Sorry about the loss of your two friends.

John's comments said...

One of the strange effects of cyberland is that relationships build up stripped down to essences especially in poetry so get to a deeper emotional level then sometimes in the day to day messiness of life. The poignant imagery of the poem reflects that emotion. I do poetry for fun rather than publication so for this week only, I’ve nervously posted an example from each of my blogs: an Elegy from Scribbles and Diversions, a Gogyohka from Random Twitter Stories, and free verse poem from Random Short Stories.

Lorraine said...

This is so beautiful, what a lovely gesture for your friends, I'm so sorry

fancypants said...

I am very sorry to hear of your loss. You honor your friends with your beautiful words.

Just Be Real said...

Touching Brian. I am sorry for your friends passing. Great tribute! Blessings.

JStar said...

Brian, this is a great tribute! Yea, I agree with you...I had no clue the connections I would make here...Yall people are very important to me...

Daniel said...

Wow man. Touching and true. Blessings.

Wild Rose said...

So sweet Brian and memories have to be cherished always. Thanks for sharing and stopping by my sanctuary. You guys do a great job with one-stop.

Wild Rose~

Cynthia@RunningWithLetters said...

So sad, Brian. I am sorry for you and for those who knew and loved them. Beautiful imagery.

Vicki Lane said...

What a lovely poetic image and a fine photo! Nice to think about those seeds...

the walking man said...

Well said Brian. people fall but they always leave some sort of light behind to illuminate the path,

Candie Bracci said...

Such wonderful words!

Jessie said...

beautiful...

and the goose bumps remain.

smiles,

The Bug said...

This is a lovely tribute Brian. I love the image - and as you know I was in a cemetery recently & can envision the scene there perfectly. Maybe I'll take a paper lantern for Willie :)

Boy, we were both very cheerful today! I think I'll try to write something that banishes sadness later this week. Maybe - if I'm ready for banishing...

slommler said...

Wonderful tribute. And the idea of Japanese lanterns falling to the ground and bursting with seeds is so beautiful! I love this!!!
Sorry for your losses Brian. Losing good friends is so hard!
Hugging you
SueAnn

clean and crazy said...

a beautiful tribute, i have been away for a bit but i am glad to be back it is so good to read and post again

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

That is beautiful, Brian. ((HUGZ!!)) to you during this rough time.

ethelmaepotter! said...

Your friends would have been honored to have such a beautiful poem written in their honor. A gentle reminder that life goes on - where one ends, another begins.

Tracy said...

Beautifully done, Brian. *hugs*

Bachelor said...

A very nice tribute to friends gone by. Sorry for your loss.
Thanks for your thoughtful poem.
:) The Bach

natalee said...

Beautiful..i am sooo sorry for your loss

Claudia said...

love the scattering of seeds - and the hope that comes with it - leaving footprints that remain..

Cheryl said...

May your heart be less heavy with memories shared with others who've felt the loss of these friends.

Simply elegant tribute.

swputh said...

Beautiful remembrance...

drybottomgirl said...

Sigh......

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

I've been surprised by the bonds I've made with people blogging and absolutely, the loss of someone here is heart breaking. You've made a beautiful tribute. Wouldn't expect anything less.

Six Feet Under Blog said...

Sorry for your loss! Makes me feel selfish for feeling sorry for myself this week.

Life with Kaishon said...

Oh Brian. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. Deeply sorry.

Help! Mama Remote... said...

Sorry to hear that Brian. You have my condolences

Tina said...

I'm sorry for your loss. You paid sweet tribute to them through this. And I know what you mean about being attached to people you've never met. It's an amazing perk to blogland.

Captain Dumbass said...

Well said.

Arnab Majumdar said...

Beautiful tribute for your friends, Brian. My condolences for your loss.

tattytiara said...

That was lovely. Losing people whose words you grow attached to is kind of like losing a favorite room in a home. It's a place of comfort you can never return to. I'm so sorry for your losses, and for having to deal with two at once.

Syd said...

It has been a tough week in terms of losses.

tori said...

beautiful. sorry for your loss Brian.

Liza said...

I am so sorry for your losses.
Your words & choice of image are beautiful.
Be well.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Lovely tribute.
jj

Kavita said...

A beautiful tribute, Brian!
I am sorry to hear about your friends...
But I am sure they are happy where they are, and are smiling and silently thanking you for thinking about them in your poem...
It was a tender and lovely read...
A very kind One Shot!

Kavita said...

A beautiful tribute, Brian!
I am sorry to hear about your friends...
But I am sure they are happy where they are, and are smiling and silently thanking you for thinking about them in your poem...
It was a tender and lovely read...
A very kind One Shot!

Grand Pooba said...

Seriously? I'm so sorry, my thoughts are with you.

AmyLK said...

Such sweet words. I am so sorry for your loss.

Suz said...

a poet always puts it into words

so sorry

gayle said...

That was so beautiful!! I know what you mean about becoming close to those we have never met!

finallygettingtoeven.com said...

Very nice.

We are burying my brother in law tomorrow AM. 56yrs old, blood clot in the lung- people you never know...hold your loved ones for a few extra moments tonight before you drift off to sleep.

joanny said...

Brian

Beautiful tribute to dear blog friends,--how swiftly the afternoon light flows into darkness.

Joanny

MrBill said...

nice memorial to your friends passings
best wishes in the days to come

blueviolet said...

A nice remembrance for friends...

carma said...

beautiful poem. sorry for your loss :-(

Caty said...

I'm sorry for the loss of your friends, Brian. This was a beautiful poem to honor them with.

Nimue said...

no words can fill the void ... no words to tell how amazing this was ..

Green-Eyed Momster said...

I'm so sorry for the loss of your friends.

It has been a tough week in real life too....

Again, so, very sorry.

otin said...

Vern Nice, and a very sad week

liza said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to you and your friend's family.

sheila said...

Beautiful.

Calli said...

A touching tribute to those that touch us via this life and this venue.

Thank you for sharing this, B~
~Calli

Pat said...

So beautiful and so apropos.

Shannon Tucker Photography said...

So, beautiful, as always. I am sorry for your loss.

S

Hilary said...

I'm sorry for your losses, Brian. Such a lovely tribute to your friends. Beautiful.

Raven said...

Wonderful words, Brian. I'm so sorry for your loss.

The Retired One said...

So sorry for your losses, Brian..I didn't read those two men's blogs, and I am sure it was a loss not to have enjoyed their blogs.
It is always so sad to lose people we care about.

CatLadyLarew said...

To be so touched by others that we mourn their loss before having a chance to meet... that's the power of this crazy blog land. Condolences.

JH_Poetry said...

"That rainbow we all must cross." A very heartwarming piece.

Mona said...

To propagate ourselves we have to perish first. The seed must destroy itself in the earth to shoot out into a plant!

My condolences for both...

Pete Marshall said...

a touching tribute to share..thanks Bri...i suppose this blog world that we live in can become so much more..take care Pete

Marla said...

I have been mopey since Barry left. Nicely done, B ~