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Michael Auguste......New Update... 12/25/04

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Kit McCallum
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475 posted 12-28-2004 02:09 PM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Thank you Martie, for letting us know. Mary, take care during this difficult time. My thoughts and prayers continue to be with Michael, you and Chris.
Mysteria
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476 posted 12-28-2004 03:15 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Mary they do hear in many ways, and if he himself can't hear you, then the angel standing by sure does.  He could be waiting for the time he wishes himself to go.  He needed to hear your permission to go, to know he was loved, and that you and Chris will be fine, which you have been telling him.  The rest is an agreement between him and God.  I know that by being in the hospice now he is definitely out of any pain physically.  None of us know the mental pain until we are in it ourselves, but we sure can hold a hand of a loved one walking through it - which you are also doing.  You dear lady are now in the reality of an ending of this life and the wonderful beginning of another.  I for one wish him a safe and wonderfully uplifting journey.  For you and Chris I wish your spirits to be uplifted again as soon as possible as Michael would have wanted it that way I am sure. May God be with you all at this time.
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477 posted 12-28-2004 04:06 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Mary, please know that Michael, you and Chris continue to be in my thoughts through this difficult time, I pray for a peaceful transition for you all.

with love

Maree.
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478 posted 12-28-2004 06:29 PM       View Profile for Earth Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Earth Angel's Home Page   View IP for Earth Angel

Mary, your holding of Michael's hand and being with him for hours on end while saying all those glorious things to him, will help him through this transition more than you may even realize. I know  that God and the angels were with you and guiding you to say the most comforting and healing words to your beloved husband. Hearing is the last sense to go, so though he may not have been responding to your words, he was hearing them.

My father has been dying in hospital for over two months, in fact, he has had last rites performed on him 3 times. My parents, sister and my nephew who is more like my son, moved away 1 and half years ago to British Columbia from Ontario. The separation has made my Dad's poor health so much much more difficult for me. I have felt so useless ~ and the miles have been very difficult. God did give us all a Christmas present. He came home Christmsa Eve. He has home care and their home has been modified for his infermities. During these stressful times, I have not only been praying for my Dad, I have been praying for Michael, you, and Christopher as well.

Michael's journey will be safe, and at the very end, painless as he returns to his home in the stars. Michael is truly an Earth Angel that God lent to us here on Earth. He has spread love and beauty and has fulfilled God's plan for him. It appears as though the time for Michael to return Home is nigh. God speed, Glorious Michael. We shall miss you ~ and always love you! You will be adding your bright star to the firmament! Shine on!Stars

Love & God's Light,
Linda
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479 posted 12-28-2004 08:17 PM       View Profile for heather_kitn   Email heather_kitn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for heather_kitn

Weep not for me, though Ill be gone
conceding to the gentle night.
Grieve in your heart, but not for long,
upon my soul's recondite flight.
Ponder deeply your love of darkness
and youll see no need for tears.
My mind finds peace, my body rests,
Ill be but free, there are no fears.
Dwell not upon my fight for breath,
carry forth tomorrow but no strife,
for my essence ends not with death,
but begins the newest phase of life.


-heather
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480 posted 12-29-2004 09:50 PM       View Profile for Trillium   Email Trillium   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Trillium

Dear Mary:  Keeping watch with you in my thoughts and prayers!

Love
Betty Lou

Betty Lou Hebert

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481 posted 01-01-2005 12:36 AM       View Profile for stilltogether   Email stilltogether   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit stilltogether's Home Page   View IP for stilltogether

My beloved Michael passed on to be with the Lord at 9:10 PM tonight. I was not with him at the time.. his niece Angel was, but she called me immediately.  

I had gone to say my good byes last night, because it was getting much too hard to watch him suffer.  I sat with him for a short time last night, alone, held his hand...and tried to ease his restlessness. Even with all the drugs, he was almost constantly moving...restless.

Told him I loved him again...and that his mother and father were waiting for him...it was time to let go.  He squeezed my hand once...so I choose to believe he heard me.

I am so happy for him that he is out of that poor tired body...and soaring free...

"That God now lifts up his weary body and sets his soul free."  I love that...

When I got there tonight about 10 minutes after he died...I leaned down and kissed him...then sat with him until the funeral home came to take the body.  It was over two hours... the hospice people gave us plenty of time to say goodbye.

His face in death was peaceful, no pain, no anxiousness...no more suffering.

I don't quite know what to do with myself now...I alternate between crying and numbness.. I'm alone tonight which is ok. Probably good.

I can almost hear Michael and Monty talking to me.. "Mary...it's ok.. we're both alright... you will be too.. and we both love you..."

I loved all your posts since Martie posted my email, but I picked a few pieces that I really liked...

"Michael's journey will be safe, and at the very end, painless as he returns to his home in the stars.

Michael is truly an Earth Angel that God lent to us here on Earth. He has spread love and beauty and has fulfilled God's plan for him.

It appears as though the time for Michael to return Home is nigh. God speed, Glorious Michael. We shall miss you ~ and always love you! You will be adding your bright star to the firmament! Shine on!"

"for my essence ends not with death,
but begins the newest phase of life."

Michael knew all of you loved him...and he returned that love. I have come to love you all too... and I appreciate all your support and prayers and caring through all of this.

God Bless you all

Mary

It's Not About Age, It's About Life

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482 posted 01-01-2005 12:51 AM       View Profile for passing shadows   Email passing shadows   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for passing shadows

rest in peace
dear friend

you will always be loved
always remembered
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483 posted 01-01-2005 12:52 AM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Your words bring incredible sadness...please accept my sympathies for your loss....I wish you the very best.
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484 posted 01-01-2005 01:25 AM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Mary I am so sad for the loss you and Chris will feel, but I too am pleased Michael will no longer suffer, and is free to do what angels do.  I suppose in his case, he may probably paint some, write some, sail some.  He will enjoy meeting old friends and adding new.  So until we all meet him again, I too will say, "Goodbye dear friend, I am glad to have had you in my life for a brief time, and am better for it!"  May God bless you all, and make this transition easy for you, as I am sure Michael would have wanted.

Take care Mary, and do stay in touch to let us know how you are doing please.



Painted by Michael Auguste http://members.tripod.com/~augustfire/index.html
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485 posted 01-01-2005 01:50 AM       View Profile for stilltogether   Email stilltogether   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit stilltogether's Home Page   View IP for stilltogether

Thank you all... and thanks for posting that picture.. that is my favorite painting of his..

I will keep in touch, I promise.

Mare

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486 posted 01-01-2005 02:40 AM       View Profile for SEA   Email SEA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for SEA

Mary,
Im so sorry...
I don't know what else to say...I'm glad he isn't in pain any more, but I'm sure gonna miss him.
(((love you Michael)))
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487 posted 01-01-2005 03:31 AM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Please accept my sincere condolences for yourself and your son Mary.

My prayers continue for you and yours that you might find solace after your loss.

I'm so very sorry.
Susan Caldwell
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488 posted 01-01-2005 03:44 AM       View Profile for Susan Caldwell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Susan Caldwell

Mary,

I am so sorry for your loss.  He will be missed by all....

I have no other words to convue my sorrow.

"cast me gently into the morning, for the night has been unkind"
~Sarah McLachlan~

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489 posted 01-01-2005 06:44 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Mary, I know that Martie will be away for a day or so...I don't know if you have reached her yet, but as I reflect on your words, and on this thread, I can't help but think we've all been an invisible family to you and Michael and Chris...here with our prayers and love, guidance and concern.  

You were right, you know.  He felt that last squeeze, and he heard those last words.  You were correct again in that he is no longer suffering, and is whole again in his Lord's haven.

I am glad he had the holidays with you, and he quit the world on its last day of the year.  It was a gift, you know, so that you can start this day and year anew, with his memories, and those of Monty, joined as they are now, to watch over you and Chris.

Please, continue to listen to the voices of your loved ones, and those of your friends here at Passions, and take what you may, leave what you might, and perhaps you will allow us to hold you at times when things seem strange, and share with us the times when Chris is making you and his father proud...

and please know that I will keep you both in my prayers.

Love, Karilea

[This message has been edited by Sunshine (01-01-2005 07:27 AM).]

Kit McCallum
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490 posted 01-01-2005 07:38 AM       View Profile for Kit McCallum   Email Kit McCallum   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Kit McCallum

Mary, I am so sorry. Please accept my deepest and most sincere sympathy. Michael was a wonderful man. Since seeing your note this morning, Ive spent quite some time reading and reminiscing through many posts and e-mails with Michael. More than a few tears have been shed on this end.

We came to know and love Michael not only for the beautiful poetry and artwork which he shared with so many of us here, but also for all the hard work and dedication which he brought to us here behind the scenes at Passions as a Deputy Moderator. Working in the background at Passions, I came to understand his integrity and compassion that comes through when working side by side each other. Michael volunteered in that capacity for many rotations, and I came to admire and respect him immensely in so many aspects.  I am so very grateful to have known him.  

He will continue to be in my thoughts, as will you and Christopher during this difficult time. Please do stay in touch with us, and allow us to help however or whenever we can.


The Angel Comes

Just close your eyes, my tired one,
Our peaceful journey has begun.

Take hold my hand, and feathered wing,
Lift up your heart to sweetly sing,
Beyond the pain that holds you here,
I'll guide your soul ... for heaven's near.

Fear not, the brilliant lights you see,
'Tis heaven's trail, we rise to meet.
Let calm and peace surround your heart,
For never do we truly part.

You leave behind on earthly plain,
Your memories, for they remain
Deep in the heart of those you love,
A treasured gift from God above.

The love and care you've given all,
Will stay with them, for evermore;
Within their hearts, you'll always stay,
In prayer, one tender thought away.

While in their time of deep despair,
We'll travel 'mongst them unaware;
Your presence felt by those will bring,
A whispered touch, from new-sprung wings.

For times they wish you to be near,
They'll feel your warmth, your love, your care;
A spark, in memory you'll ignite,
To drift them off to sleep at night.

A quiet touch, a lightened heart,
Is how they'll feel your love impart;
Beyond the bounds of heaven's door,
With angels as you drift and soar.

So gentle one, your time is here,
I've come to take away your fear;
This earthly body cannot mend ...
Your suffering, is at an end.

So take my hand, and follow me,
To rest in peaceful harmony,
Come soar with me above the clouds,
To heaven's gate, where love abounds.

Take comfort now, we've reached the light ...
Your soul released, to angel's flight.

/Kit McCallum

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491 posted 01-01-2005 07:55 AM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

He walks with God now, Mare.  

You've been his strength through his entire struggle, and I know he'll return some of that strength to you in the days to come.  Healing takes time.  Give yourself that, and God Bless...
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I am so sorry for your loss. You and Chris will be in my prayers.
scorpio
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493 posted 01-01-2005 09:39 AM       View Profile for scorpio   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for scorpio

Truly sad news.  But a blessing for Michael.  His struggle is over.  And he's in God's light.  My thoughts and prayers are with you Mare and Chris.

believe in what your heart feels...

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494 posted 01-01-2005 09:55 AM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

Michael's struggle is over...
God rest his sweet and loving soul.
I will continue to pray for you Mary and Chris,
that this transition goes as smoothly as possible.
God Bless and please stay in touch.
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495 posted 01-01-2005 09:58 AM       View Profile for Nightshade   Email Nightshade   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nightshade's Home Page   View IP for Nightshade

My deepest sympathy Mary & Chris
God speed Michael, dear, dear poet and gentle man.
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496 posted 01-01-2005 10:10 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I am so sorry for your loss... so glad he blessed our lives. You and Chris are in my thoughts and prayers, Mary... my deepest sympathy to you both.
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497 posted 01-01-2005 10:12 AM       View Profile for Ratleader   Email Ratleader   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Ratleader's Home Page   View IP for Ratleader

I have followed this thread and the fading of the man it's about....I hope some day I have the grace that he carried with him through life, and I'm sure, on the continuing journey he is making now.

There are gentle spirits in this world....far too few, but his is one of them. I won't use past tense for that -- because his spirit still is what it was when he carried it, and it carried him.

I'm reposting a poem called Of Wasps And Roses....which was written for Michael....and which brought us to friendship at last, after a personal matter had held us apart for longer than either of us wanted.

~~(>   ~~(>  ~~( >    ~~~(ER>
______________Ratleader______________

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498 posted 01-01-2005 10:17 AM       View Profile for stilltogether   Email stilltogether   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit stilltogether's Home Page   View IP for stilltogether

I am so glad Michael had his family here at Passions... he loved you all... and he loved working as a Dep Mod too. He had the most integrity of any man I have ever known.. well, except my father. He was a good, honest, moral, devout man... and he gave me a wonderful son to help me carry on. God knew I would need Chris...

Thank you Kit for that absolutely beautiful poem...I have saved that. I was just responding to some of my friends on my monkeeland.com board who said the same thing.. that perhaps Michael had wanted to hang on till the end of this year...to give us all a fresh start.  I had thought that very same thing last night as I sat looking at his peaceful face.

I do feel like I have an invisible family here at Passions... and I'm glad I got to know you all. I did reach Martie by the way, before she left. I told her I'd post the news here.

I don't know what our lives hold in store now.. but whatever it is.. I know that Michael and Monty and my father will all be looking down from Heaven, guiding us, along with the Lord. I am so much richer for having known all three of those men.

Michael was able to tell Angel before he died that he saw his parents standing beside God... their arms open.. and that Heaven was beautiful.  I hope when it's my time to leave this earth, I look up and see Michael, Monty and my parents standing beside God.. welcoming me home.

Thank you for all your prayers and caring and love. I will stay in touch, I promise.

Love,

Mary

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499 posted 01-01-2005 10:22 AM       View Profile for Krawdad   Email Krawdad   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Krawdad

So good of you to have provided Michael with so much love and care.
He was blessed with that.
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