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FAREWELL

Updated on August 5, 2013
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Priest clad in raven black

Praying hands across crux of silver

Polished shoes in sand powder white

Seagull chases crow

Skyward we gaze

Shadows darken upraised palms

Heart shaped balloons

Escape on the warm Gulf wind

Son and Daughter rowing

Through the tide

To the deep, to send

Ashes, scatter

Rose petals

Moistened by tears

Mourning adults

Stares from grandchildren

Still growing



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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      Thank you for making me feel like I was there... Rest in Peace to Jo...

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Beautiful memories of love. Nicely written, Wayne!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      You were there in my heart, Beth. Considering all that we have been through I must say, The ceremony was unique and one of the most beautiful experiences that I've had. My words can't do it justice, but I tried.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you billybuc.

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      bizarrett81 4 years ago from Maine

      I saw some pictures of the ceremony, and I think you did well...

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      This is a meaningful description of a difficult day and a sad farewell. Up!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Wayne this is beautiful .. brought tears to my eyes.. beautiful imagery..

      debbie

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      Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

      Very choked up from this beautiful poem that so elegantly expresses a sad farewell. Hope you are doing alright :-)

      I shared this beautiful tribute of your mother, my friend.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you so much Minnetonka. She was my mother-in-law, but we were close. I appreciate your kind words.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York, New York

      Very interesting poetry here Wayne, I like it a lot and will definitely share this cool poem for ya. Nice emotional wording and very expressive, thumbs up!

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Debbie for your kind words

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Poetic Ink. I appreciate the support.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. This was so sad and beautiful. It's always hard saying good-bye to loved ones. Passing this on.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Gypsy.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      So nicely done!

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      Joanne M Olivieri 4 years ago

      So very poignant and powerful. It touched my heart.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Got the first of the shipment from TN minutes ago. This helped me know we aren't the only ones that travel down this path. We are going to scatter Dad this summer.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Audrey

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much Joanne

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      My thoughts are with you. It is a very emotional, reflective experience. I had only participated in traditional funerals before, and quite honestly, I thought this one was going to be a little odd, but as it turned out, it was one of the most beautiful, touching experiences ever.

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      K.A.E Grove 4 years ago from Australia

      What a beautiful heartfelt tribute, it can be so hard to find the right words to express the overwhealming emotions that come at such times, but this was touching and sweetly beautiful... nicely done

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Appreciate the kind words nighthag.

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      mikielikie 4 years ago from Texas

      This poem is very well done. My condolences.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Than you very much mikie.

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      thost 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Well done Wayne.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you my friend.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Sorry I missed your comment, Jim. As always, it;s a pleasure to hear from you!

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      Joanne M Olivieri 4 years ago

      A very poignant farewell and wonderfully expressed. The photo is gorgeous as well.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Joanne. I took this photo on honeymoon island which is about five minutes from my house. I see you're from San Fran. Its a beautiful area. I lived most of my life in California.

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      ahorseback 4 years ago

      Something we all think about wayne , Beautiful , all the buttons !....Ed

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Ed!

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      Sean 4 years ago from PA

      Beautiful writing, heartfelt, great imagery, nice job my friend.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Sean: Thank you very much!...Wayne

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