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

Updated on August 19, 2015

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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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      RTalloni 2 years 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 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      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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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Chris Mills 2 years ago from Maple City, Michigan

      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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      Audrey Hunt 2 years 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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      Linda Bilyeu 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

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

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Randi Benlulu 4 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 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      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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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Subhas 4 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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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

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

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      Janelle 4 years ago from Houston

      This poem was filled with a lot of heart.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A beautiful poem and a great tribute.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 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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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Rosemary Sadler 5 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 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      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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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      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 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      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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      Maree Michael Martin 5 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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      Dianna Mendez 5 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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      Brenda Barnes 5 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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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      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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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Jools. I appreciate your coming by.

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      sweethearts2 5 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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      Jools99 5 years ago from North-East UK

      Victoria, heart-wrenching, very affecting poem.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks for reading, Liz! :-)

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Wonderful tribute, loved it.

      Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Jon! I love your descriptions!

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      Liz Walmoth 5 years ago

      Heart wrenching and beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Simply beautiful, Vicki. :)

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      Jonathan McCloskey 5 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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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

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

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Bill! I appreciate that!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

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

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      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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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

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

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      Rich 5 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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      Joshua Zerbini 5 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!