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post #11 of 13 Old 10-06-2008
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First let me offer my condolences on your loss, losing a loved one at such a young age must be difficult beyond belief. I will think of you and your family in my prayers.

Moving on to your inquiry, I'm not sure if a poem was what you were looking for but if so here is a another good candidate. My father (a native of Pickens, SC) requested this be recited at his funeral.

Crossing the Bar
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.

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1991 Catalina 36
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It's not about the boat or the sails, it's about the freedom.
Now, bring on that horizon.

----- I'm sure I've butchered it, but it's the general idea for me. From Captain Jack Sparrow of course in the Pirates of the Carribean.
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The perfect piece for this occasion is "A Parable of Immortality" by Henry Van D yke.
I am standing by 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
until at last she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sun and sky come down to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says, 'There she goes!
Gone where? Gone from my sight - that is all.

She is just as large in 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 places of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone at my side says,
'There she goes! ' ,
there are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout :
'Here she comes!'
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