The Day Came Quietly - A Poem in Loving Memory of my Nephew

The Day Came Quietly

The day came quietly

and rose and ebbed in my chest.

No words came with it.

I breathed and laughed and worked,

and carried you calmly close.


I celebrated you silently

as I remembered with swift pangs

a blond haired angel

who came for a season

then went quickly away.


I was able to remember and smile

at the photo taped to my desk

the day you left with the little dog

and the cloud that opened up

and welcomed you home.


There were no tears

as they come only with the words

now written down and brought to life

and the surge that clenches my heart and bursts

as I thank God that you are okay.


Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton, written after the death of his 4 year old son

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josh3418 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

Vicki,

First off, I must say that you are cranking out those hubs! Just read your Christmas hub and enjoyed it! :)

Now for your poem, beautiful and powerful words here Vicki! Thanks for sharing; I enjoy reading your poetry!


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

I just went back for the third time to read this before posting. Each time it grew more and more powerful and gut wrenching. The love and pain described is beyond any norm. It demands my empathy, as well as, my praise. Beautiful!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Very beautiful Vicki! This is you at your best my friend!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Josh, I'm glad you like my poetry! And as for cranking out hubs, I'm trying! I have a goal! Thanks for stopping by!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

rcrumple--That's such a lovely and sincere compliment. Wow and thanks!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Bill! I appreciate that!


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Curiad 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

Powerful feelings expressed softly and true, Words from the soul Vicki.


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jonmcclusk 4 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

Brings a sense of excitement, fear, and then relief all in the same poem. Great work, Victoria Lynn, this is a high emotion piece and I'm glad I've had the chance to read it.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Simply beautiful, Vicki. :)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Curiad--they really are from the soul. Thank you.


Liz Walmoth 4 years ago

Heart wrenching and beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Jon! I love your descriptions!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Oh, thanks, TT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wonderful tribute, loved it.

Voted up and awesome, Joyce.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for reading, Liz! :-)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Joyce. it's a tough one. :-)


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Victoria, heart-wrenching, very affecting poem.


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sweethearts2 4 years ago from Northwest Indiana

A beautiful poem and the beauty it proclaims about the memories we are left with is touching. We learn to breathe, laugh work and embrace. I am touched and wanted to go back to your poem regarding how a death changes us but couldn't find it. Always impressed and grateful for your hubs.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Jools. I appreciate your coming by.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

sweethearts, I do know you can relate. The poem about death changing us is linked to this one in the blue box. I'm glad you like my hubs.


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Your love for the little man keeps his memory fresh even to those of us who never knew him. I look forward to meeting him in Heaven one day and telling him that his Aunt V kept him close to her heart-and ours. Just a beautiful poem.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

The photo made the poem even more touching. It is a blessing to have such a life in your presence, even if for a short time. You have a way of winding the heart string through thoughts that lead to wisdom.


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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

You are hitting a home run with these stories and poems about loss.

August is a month I work through some of the losses in my life. I can so totally relate, losing 2 of the most precious people to me this time of year.

Thanks.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Hyphenbird, you brought tears to me. That's the sweetest thing I have heard lately. I can just see it. Good to know that my poem means something. Blessings to you.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

teaches: "winding the heart string through thoughts that lead to wisdom." wow, what a compliment. You touched me here, girl!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Ruby, I don't know if that is good or bad. My nephew died on August 17th. My boyfriend's sweet dog had died suddenly 6 days before on August 11th. I'm sorry for your losses, too, and I hope that in someway my poems helps us work though it all.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

This is a beautiful poem, serene, calming and healing. Writing always helps us work through and survive these sad times.


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

You're right, Rosemay. Writing helps healing--so much. Good to see you!


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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

Poetry can be such a powerful healing tool. I remember watching the documentary with Eric Clapton talking about his son, too. And I know all too well the anguish that comes from losing a loved one: both human and furry-animal. *sigh* Lovely read.


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

A beautiful poem and a great tribute.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

CC--Yeah, it's tough all the way around. Thanks for reading. :-)


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks for those comments, Vellur. They mean a lot!


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everythingdazzles 3 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

This poem was filled with a lot of heart.


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truthfornow 3 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Beautiful. Nice tribute on a painful loss and for a sweet little boy.


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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

You have caught the imagination. One can clearly judge the emotions you have beaded with your poetic words. At times consolation comes through different means.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

everythingdazzles--My heart was definitely in it. I'm glad you could feel that. Thanks.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

truthfornow--Thank you. I appreciate your comments very much.


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

pinto--I agree! Not everyone expresses grief the same, nor do they find comfort in the same way. Expressions of grief or remembrance are so varied, too. Thanks so much for your insightful comments!


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btrbell 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

Victoria, this is amazing and incredibly sad. I read it with tears in my eyes and a heavy heart for the pain that your family suffered. What a beautiful tribute you wrote for him. Thank you for sharing this! up++


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Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA Author

btrbell--Thanks for your sweet words. I appreciate them very much.


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Sunshine625 19 months ago from Orlando, FL

Bittersweet and beautiful poem. Perfect video to accompany the tribute to your nephew. Hugs to you!


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vocalcoach 19 months ago from Nashville Tn.

The tears came one-by-one as each word touched my heart. I know something of your grief dear Victoria. Your loving tribute to your precious nephew is beyond beautiful. Sending you warm hugs and much love.


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cam8510 19 months ago from Columbus, Georgia until the end of November 2016.

I've written a number of times in memory of my wife and each time it has helped. Bless you as you dwell in the memories.


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Victoria Lynn 19 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, Sunshine. I appreciate that. I read this poem again--and remembered . . . .


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Victoria Lynn 19 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

Thanks, vocalcoach. I know that you carry your own loss around with you. Thanks for the sweet words.


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Victoria Lynn 19 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

cam8510--That's good to know that it helps every time you write about the loss. Sorry about your wife. It's hard. Bless you, too.


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RTalloni 15 months ago from the short journey

Your poem is precious and resonates with many people who have suffered through a loss.


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Victoria Lynn 15 months ago from Arkansas, USA Author

RTalloni--thanks for saying that. I hope that people can relate.

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