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My William James

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0 posted 04-04-2000 03:01 PM       View Profile for Meadowmuse   Email Meadowmuse   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Meadowmuse's Home Page   View IP for Meadowmuse

This isn't my usual "style" but it's pouring out this way, so please forgive the simple form and I learned that my dear friend, Bill, has died, and because of his family's deep resentment about his thirty year relationship with my mother, who died eight years ago, my family will not be welcome at his memorial services. Bill was a widower when he met my mother, and he soon became part of our family. I cannot remember life without him. After so many personal losses, recently, these words are just coming out.  I can't reach anyone to talk with, so I'm sharing with you all, as I feel that you will accept the emotion.
thank you.

My William James

Not my father by blood,
but by heart's beating breath
You've left me for Heaven
as I learn of your death

Thirty years we have shared
and each day I remember
you were always so kind, Bill,  
so deliberate and tender

Your hands were the largest
and most gentle I've seen,
holding, tender, my heart
taking care with my dreams

All the years playing back
through blurred vision today
Your quiet presence, sweetened laugh
knowing just what to say

To a troubled young girl
who had so much inside
You gave all of yourself
patient love, truth and pride

As much as Mom loved you
I, too, loved you Bill
I admired and respected your
strength and your will

Your loving regard
and kind care, easy ways
brought a comfort to all of us
through so many dark days

When our family was churning
you were always right there
So supportive, ever present,
always showing you cared

How can you be gone, Bill?
What now will I do?
So many I've lost,
now I'm lost without you.

~ Claire

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1 posted 04-04-2000 03:19 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Claire--This is a beautiful tribute--I'm sure that he sees how much you care and knows the place he had in your life...Hugs to you, my friend...they are missing a special lady at his services.
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2 posted 04-04-2000 03:28 PM       View Profile for CMGrimm   Email CMGrimm   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for CMGrimm

Beautiful claire....wonderful tribute to a wonderful man.


 Never be a carbon copy of anybody...make your own impressions. - ANON.
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3 posted 04-04-2000 04:55 PM       View Profile for Parker   Email Parker   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Parker's Home Page   View IP for Parker

Claire, Its the simple words that say the most. You should make your visit after they have gone, he will wait there for you. I'm sure, a loving spirit always does.

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4 posted 04-04-2000 05:04 PM       View Profile for Mike   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mike

Claire, you will have an extra angel watching over you tonight.
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5 posted 04-04-2000 05:09 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Claire, He came into your life it seems for a wonderful purpose, to love and be loved. I felt the love in your poetry.
A beautiful tribute
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6 posted 04-04-2000 05:15 PM       View Profile for Michael   Email Michael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Michael

Claire,  this is so beautiful.  Your heart shows clearly in these touching words.  I will keep you and Bill in my prayers.  A wonderful tribute this was.

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7 posted 04-04-2000 05:39 PM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

Clair I love the style you used as these feelings poured out of your heart.  Just as the Heavenly Father is embracing William in heaven I pray that he will embrace you and take you in his arms and love you and comfort you.   Take care,  James
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8 posted 04-04-2000 05:51 PM       View Profile for Zelda   Email Zelda   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Zelda

This is so touching and heart rendering.
I feel for you... and I will say a prayer.
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9 posted 04-04-2000 08:34 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is so heartbreaking and beautiful, Claire. You have my deepest sympathy. This is a wonderful tribute to him.

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10 posted 04-04-2000 08:58 PM       View Profile for Nan   Email Nan   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Nan's Home Page   View IP for Nan

The simplicity of your verse is very appropriate - It reflects your feelings perfectly - pure and simple love... very nicely done.. God Bless...
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11 posted 04-04-2000 09:02 PM       View Profile for Sven   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Sven

       this is indeed beautiful. . . he did indeed make an impact on your life, and a positive one at that. . .

It's amazing how people can be jealous of the friendships that we make along the way of life. . . much strength and love to you, my friend. . .


 That which gives light must endure burning
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12 posted 04-04-2000 09:12 PM       View Profile for Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Email Rosemary J. Gwaltney   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Rosemary J. Gwaltney's Home Page   View IP for Rosemary J. Gwaltney

I'm so terribly sorry for your loss!  My heart and prayers are with you.
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13 posted 04-04-2000 09:20 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

This is such a touching tribute. My thoughts are with you at this time of loss.
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