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A friend passed away in his sleep yesterday. He loved the sea. Today’s image is in his memory.

 

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I am standing upon 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.

I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud

just where the sea and sky come

to mingle with each other.

  

Then, someone at my side says,

"There, she is gone!"

  

"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 she is just as able to bear her

load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

   

And just at the moment when someone

at my side says, "There, she is gone!"

There are other eyes watching her coming

and other voices ready to take up the glad

shout, "Here she comes!"

 

--Henry Van Dyke

 

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'Day 15' large & on black

 

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Taken on May 24, 2007