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Mary in the Fire

Updated on August 16, 2014
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In memory of my cousin, Mary Barrett

Mary in the fire

in the light

I dream of your smile

and agony etched in your face

the whirling pretty skirt

flames licking the lace

and wonder

is that your ghost

still dancing by the hearth

just abandoned stones now

your tiny footprints

there in the earth

you danced by the fire

you played too close

you wilted too soon

like an unopened rose

Mary in the fire

is that you I hear

but I cannot tell

if you are laughing

or crying

but I have not forgotten you sister

for your ashes still carry

on a soft wind sighing



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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank sincerely for the nine compliment, Deb.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Gone, but not forgotten. I know that she is proud of the man that you turned out to be.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you annart. I appreciate the visit.

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      What a beautiful poem and a poignant story. I can never come to terms with a young life cut short and always ask 'why?' This is a great tribute and we can see Mary so well. Up and beautiful. Ann

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Rasma. I appreciate the support.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. This was such a lovely tribute. She is with you still and always will be until you meet again. Enjoyed and passing this on.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Kari.

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      Kari Shinal 4 years ago from Seligman AZ

      Beautiful Wayne! To still have such a lovely vision in the mind is priceless. Wonderful day to you!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Remembering the persons is very important. Before the internet and webpages and hubs, I compiled an actual scrapbook all about Harriet's life. To remember her. Now, it's even simpler to compile a kind of scrapbook online. And I keep discovering things about her in boxes of treasures my parents saved.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      Thank you, too, Wayne. I've been responding to your comments on that hub which I left link to, and appreciate them greatly. I can well empathize with the acceleration of of the anniversary time approaching. Harriet's in Dec., when she was in process of getting her Christmas gifts for all of us ready in the house they'd just moved into (not far from where I now live) still colors Christmas for me. In 1953, I can hardly remember having Chrismas, in fact.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Vincent. I appreciate the kind thoughts and the share.

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      Vincent Moore 4 years ago

      Your memories of your little sister are brought back to you in this poetic verse dear poet, I know the feeling of loss and the ache and pain that remains in our hearts, I pray that Halloween will be not harsh on your soul, let the beauty of her memory brighten this Hallow of nights and bring you both together in spirit and peace. Beautiful write my friend, tweeted and shared.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Nellieanna. I have followed the link and left you a comment there...and shared that wonderful reminiscence.

      All tragedies and loss weighs on us differently. As I mentioned in my other comment, I lost my little sister last year on Halloween, and as that day draws nearer, I feel the pain tugging deeply at my heart.

      This poem is a piece I did on the spot as my cousins death was mentioned. It just came to me. I didn't know her, but she was my family and I want to keep her memory alive.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      So poignantly beautiful, Wayne. I feel your loss and in a different way, I so relate to this tragic loss in an especially tragic circumstance, - from the horrid tragic death of my considerably eldest sister and her entire family, including 3 small children and a maid, in a car-train accident. I did know her quite well, love and miss her to this day.

      By an odd coincidence right now, she's on my mind vividly, after I yesterday ran across another letter she wrote to our parents about a year before her death, much of it about me, her 'project' with their approval. They were much older when I was born, and had been convinced I needed her coaching, which had benefits as well as would have severe ultimate consequences for me as a person of my own had it been consummated according to her intention.

      I began writing the first hub of an intended odyssey of her life, but haven't yet continued it. https://hubpages.com/health/Harriets-Odyssey... - In it, though, one can see why she considered herself a perfect role model, worth being cloned in her baby sister, whose own being she simply disregarded as she set about to remold me in her own image. Had I not fled after college graduation, I'd have been with them that tragic evening of Dec. 13, 1953, but as it happened, was still forever unforgiven for escaping.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Vellur, I greatly appreciate the kind thoughts.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A beautiful tribute to Mary. Very sad she died so young.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you dear Kim.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you very much, Jodah.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank for the kind words, Mark.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you for the visit, Audrey. I did not know Mary, but her death came up in family reminiscing and I wanted to do this for her.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Nikki girl!

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      ocfireflies 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Such a beautiful memorial representing a time so sad.

      Many Blessings,

      Kim

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Beautiful tribute Wayne.

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      Mark 4 years ago from Moundsville,WV

      Very touching poem Wayne. It makes one think about life and how precious it is. This poem will definately keep Mary's spirit alive not only within your Family but in all the hearts of us that get the blessing of reading this.

      Mark

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you much, Chris.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Eric. That's all we can do is keep her memory alive. She died before my time, but her tragedy was brought up and inspired me to write this in her memory and the memory of all those whose candles burned out far too soon.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Yes, Sha, she was only 5 years old. Life can be cruel. All I can do is know that her spirit lives on and that somewhere, some way, she is dancing again.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      This is so beautiful--I too am sorry Wayne--and sending you positive thoughts

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      Nikki Wicked 4 years ago from Louisiana

      I loved every line.

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      Chris Mills 4 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      Beautiful verse Wayne. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Wayne Barrett 4 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Thank you Anna. These tragedies serve to remind that some things we think are bad in life...could be much worse.

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      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wonderful. Somehow tragic yet serene. Reminds me of that song with the verse "the candle burnt out long before the legend never did". May you remember her fondly forever.

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Oh, Wayne. My heart bleeds for you and your family. What a horrible way to die! I get from this poem that she was young. Either way, it's a crying shame she died the way she did.

      God bless you for bringing her memory to life.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Beautiful written Wayne. I am sorry for your family's loss.