My Obituary

Me

Me at Lake Tahoe where I mainly live with my Family.
Me at Lake Tahoe where I mainly live with my Family. | Source

It's All about Me

This is Me summed up in verse. When the time comes, hopefully not too soon, it will come in useful.


She loved the animals, the horses best

She also felt a love for all the rest.

She watched the birds

She wrote in words

She painted in oils

She collected earth's spoils.

She gardened and mowed

Her children she spoiled

Her machines she oiled.

She fed all her friends

She tied up loose ends

She knitted and sewed

She carded and spun.

She loved every one

She liked to play chess

She lived in a mess.

Computers her playthings

Her car full of dings,

She traveled the earth with joy and with mirth.

Wondrous places were her home.

She planned to write a mighty tome.

Ponds and fishes were her delight.

She watched the stars most every night.

Her love for family was most strong.

She helped them all to get along.

Wonderful Wales was her home

It gave her strength and let her roam.

Farms and fields were her domain

Whether the weather was sunny or rain.

Lots of Children came to play.

they all said we will miss our Raye.

Gypsy Willow 2009


This Obituary was written as an exercise in our writing class, Lifescapes at our Incline Village Library. I am sure it will come in useful one day! Well 3 years on I'm still around and nothing has changed except the addition of a beautiful Granddaughter now three years old. Even more reason to hang around!

well it's 2013 and I'm enjoying retirement in three continents. Currently I'm ducking the cold Sierra winter for Summer in NZ . I feel I have been so lucky to enjoy this privileged life style.

I awake at Dawn

Dawn at Lake Taupo. Promise of a new Day!
Dawn at Lake Taupo. Promise of a new Day!

Favorite music. Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

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AllMomNeeds2know profile image

AllMomNeeds2know 7 years ago

One word, Beautiful. I knew you were a horse person. Wish I could write poetry

Fiona


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks, Fiona. This was an exercise at my writers circle. Could come in handy one day!


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

I agree, it's beautiful! Thanks for sharing.


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Ande Moore 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

Thanks for sharing. Mine I guess shall say: I was probably wrong, but tried not to wrong. Keep it up and have fun.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

It is an interesting exercise and it took me 20 mins to write. Strange to sum up your life in so few words!!

Thanks for stopping by Jill and Ande.


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ButterflyWings 7 years ago

I shall have to try this. It looks like fun. Thanks for sharing the idea, and its results.


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Joy At Home 7 years ago from United States

So...are you ever going to do a hub on your childhood in Wales? If you have already, I missed it.


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emohealer 7 years ago from South Carolina

How beautiful!!! To share your view of yourself and how to be remembered, but better than that it is now a way for you to be known. A beautiful person inside and out who enjoys what is and never misses what was not. Your life will always be full of these things you cherish. I truly appreciate this tribute to you!


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Kushal Poddar 7 years ago from Kolkata,India

This is very touching. I don't think it is going to be used for a long time.


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

I'm sure no one could better that! :)


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MindField 7 years ago from Portland, Oregon

I've always loved your name, Gypsy Willow, your avatar, the eye of the horse, and now - I love you!


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Alexander Mark 7 years ago from beautiful, rainy, green Portland, Oregon

That was definitely beautiful, and it felt sad and fulfilling, scary thought that you Gypsy, might leave us someday, but like Kushal says above, not for a long time. Write more of these, (but hopefully happy ones).


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Butterfly, do try it,It is an interesting exercise. Thanks for the comment.

Hi Joy, this is the link to my Welsh childhood

http://hubpages.com/travel/A-Magic-Childhood

Thanks Emohealer for the kind thoughts


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Zollstock 7 years ago from Germany originally, now loving the Pacific NW

"She" ... is really something! Hope you share this with your family before that time comes. I often find that rhymes cloud the message, but not in this case. Encore, please ....


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks Zollstock, good idea! I'm on vacation for two weeks so won't be around much. Catch up when I get back.


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Jodi Hoeksel 7 years ago

This is so lovely, Gypsy! I see a great list of gratitude as well! :)


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Jodi I am grateful, I have had a wonderful life and hopefully a bit more to come!


Linda Myshrall 7 years ago

I miss her already! That Gypsy Willow- she sounds like a great gal to have known... luckily we're still in a position to do that. But it does put the day into perspective, doesn't it? I loved that!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Glad you liked it, Linda. We shouldn't take our amazing lives for granted. Thanks for dropping by.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

That's a fine obit, indeed. I can sense that you are a wonderful lady. I enjoyed reading your words.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks James.


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lrohner 7 years ago from USA

Gypsy, this is absolutely beautiful. You are a true artist. But, ahem, is there something you're not telling me? I mean, this obituary was art and not preparation, right? The world is most definitely a much better place with you in it. PS - I took a look at your galleries. Your work is beautiful. I will buy one from you someday soon.


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James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

It is better than:

Here lies Lester Moore

Took four shots from a 44

No les no more


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

Now that sounds like a life worth living!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

I don't know how to answer that James! I'm working on a poem in reply!


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jacobkuttyta 7 years ago from Delhi, India

Nice one, Keep writing.

I enjoyed it


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Dolores, thanks for the comment. I have to say I have enjoyed almost every minute and the minutes I didn't I can write about!


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norah73 7 years ago from San Manuel, AZ

Nice flow. Very beautiful. You remind me of my mom.:)


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

That is praise indeed, Norah. Thanks for dropping by!


poetlorraine 7 years ago

nice one


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thank you!


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 7 years ago

Gypsy Willow, This was beautifu! Nice thoughtful Poem. I can see you enjoy life and live it to the fullest. Thank you for sharing! Blessings!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks, DeBorrah. I think most of us are truly blessed.


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Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi, Gypsy, I'm back. I checked out your art webpage and you said that you are not an artist yet. Well, you are - you create art = you are an artist. I love the 'Village in Provance' and the one with the rocks, 'Other,' I think it was. I am thinking about putting some of my art up on a blog, but dragging my feet. You have inspired me to try to get around to it.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Dolores, thanks for stopping by and your kind comments. Glad I have inspired you, do get around to it!


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ChrissyDean 7 years ago

I really like this exercise, and wrote it beautifully!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Chrissy Thanks for the comment. It is a very interesting exercise and will surely come in handy one day!


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lovelypaper 6 years ago from Virginia

I loved this! How wonderfully morbid, or is it morbidly wonderful? We should all write our own obits so we can understand/foundout what kind of person we are...hummm were.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Well I'm sure it will come in handy oe day! Thank you lovelypaper. It does focus one's life somewhat.


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De Greek 6 years ago from UK

Does this almost makes you want to hand in your dinner pail jsut for the fun of having read out taht the funeral? :-))


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Almost!


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Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

What a beautifully written poem, of noble purpose. It would be a good exercise as a middle ager, to regroup and remember what is really important. Thanks for sharing.

Namaste.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Deborah thanks for the sweet comment.One less thing for the kids to deal with!


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Daniel J. Neumann 6 years ago from Harrisburg, Pa

I enjoyed reading this. This is like a theme song, but in poetic form. very lyrical. keep up the awesome work! :)


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Daniel, glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by and the kind comment.


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

A tribute to myself- and why not? I love the way you did yours. It may no longer be original if I do, but what if I'll have it written on my tombstone? Haha! I enjoyed this one so much. Keep it coming, Gypsy Willow. Thank you.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Lita, it will probably save those we leave behind a lot of trouble! Thanks for dropping by and the kind comment. Can't wait to read yours!


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jrsearam 5 years ago from San Juan, PR

A very rich life indeed....Rest in peace...; ). JR


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks JR. I hope I will!


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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

@Gypsy Willow...In roaming through Hubpages and discovering people with a degree of the same affinities I have, I stopped here because I found this Hub to be very creative and beautifully done.

I'm going to keep this format in mind for my own obituary. Thanks for sharing this, and congratulations for having the courage to join a writers' circle and live a free life!


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks Barbara. I hope we won't be needing them anytime soon but it's good to be prepared!


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

Awww Gypsy what an eloquent obit! Who knows us better then we know ourselves? Nobody. We should all have our obit handy "just in case." I'm glad you haven't needed it yet.


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Gypsy Willow 5 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Me too Sunshine, but I know it will come in handy one day. Thanks for the visit.


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JayeWisdom 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

I quite like the idea of writing one's own obit--though I couldn't create mine in verse. It would have to be prose. Who better to do this than the person who knows herself/himself better than anyone else does?

Voted Up, Beautiful and Awesome

Jaye


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Gypsy Willow 3 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks for visiting my humble Obit Jaye. Maybe it's the Welsh in me but I find it easy to write in verse. Anyway. You never know when this will come in handy!

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