I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white
sails to the morning breeze and starts
for the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch her until at length
she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come down
to meet and mingle with each other.

Then some one at my side says,
“There! She’s gone!”

Gone where?
Gone from my sight, that is all.
She is just as large in the mast and hull
and spar as she was when she left my side,
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the place of her destination.

Her diminished size is in me, and not in her.

And just at that moment, when some one
at my side says, “There! she’s gone!”
there are other eyes that are watching for her coming
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout,
“There she comes!”

And that is—dying.—

— (attributed to) Henry Van Dyke – A Parable of Immortality

In memory of Anouk Sung Ja Henn † 22/07/2012.

A Parable of Immortality

4 responses »

  1. “When we have done all our work we were sent to Earth to do, we are allowed to shed our body, which imprisons our soul like a cocoon encloses the future butterfly. And when the time is right, we can let go of it and we will be freeof pain,fear and be worry-free as every beautiful butterfly,returning home to God.”.
    Elisabeth Kubler- ross. I think you will like these words, thank you for the ones you post.

  2. deen richtegen Text fir engem Verstuewenem ze gedenken……
    een gudd Beispill fir eisen den Wee vum Liéwen an vum Doud besser léieren ze verstoen…..

    • Merci. Ech hat den Text och op franséisch op d’Condoléance-Kaart geschriwwen well en mir sou gutt gefall huet an ech der Meenung war dass en der Famill och kéint e bessi Mut ginn.

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