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Ruby's Prayer

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Member Caelestus
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0 posted 08-16-2002 08:55 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Dear Poet Friends...I was honored to give a eulogy for a beloved Aunt who, at age 90, passed away last Sunday.  She was ready to go to her Lord, had lived a very full and happy life, and in some way, the family wanted a small poem to encompass her beliefs.  Her life was in her love of God, family and friends, and in the artistry that came through in her handiwork.  This, then, was the small poem that emerged.


                                                   Ruby’s Prayer

                                                   Dear Lord,

                                                   Like your work,
                                                   My circles of love
                                                   Are never done

                                                   I’ve stitched my
                                                   Days in time,
                                                   One by one

                                                   I’ve linked my hopes,
                                                   Prayers and dreams
                                                   By Your love’s light

                                                   You’ve seen me through
                                                   The good and bad,
                                                   Through my days and nights

                                                   My circle has now
                                                   Run complete
                                                   Into Your hands
                                                   I now retreat

                                                   But I leave behind
                                                   My circles of love
                                                   Just as you encircle
                                                   The world from above,

                                                   Surround the hearts
                                                   Of my loved ones all dear
                                                   That their lives are but links
                                                   To your Son, who is near

                                                   Let their hands link
                                                   In a circle like this

                                                   As in Your name,
                                                   All of our lives exist.



©Karilea Rilling Jungel
14 August 2002

[This message has been edited by Sunshine (08-16-2002 09:03 PM).]

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1 posted 08-16-2002 09:02 PM       View Profile for alterego   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for alterego

Lovely, really and truly, just absolutely lovely..  your auntie must have been a very special person.  I'm sure she's looking at YOUR handiwork and being very proud, too.

Blessings and peace,


Create something infinite today - Smile!!!

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2 posted 08-16-2002 09:04 PM       View Profile for Madame Chipmunk   Email Madame Chipmunk   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Madame Chipmunk's Home Page   View IP for Madame Chipmunk

A wonderful tribute to your dear aunt, Karilea...
It sounds like she led a wonderful life...
~ hugs from the underground burrow


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"poetry is life distilled"  Gwendolyn Brooks

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3 posted 08-16-2002 09:07 PM       View Profile for NewEnglandlazurlu   Email NewEnglandlazurlu   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for NewEnglandlazurlu

Karilea ~~ This was so touching a tribute and the artwork is beautiful. I hope your aunt, may she rest in peace, was able to share and enjoy your poem creations.

Hugs, Marti
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4 posted 08-16-2002 09:08 PM       View Profile for ShadowRider   Email ShadowRider   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for ShadowRider

We have shed years like a molting chameleon
skins we have wore
some with pride
some with weathered leather
When the Circle is finally broken
the spirit is commended to repair it
in heaven's workshops
Life without end

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5 posted 08-16-2002 09:39 PM       View Profile for Bill Charles   Email Bill Charles   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bill Charles

Sunshine - this is just lovely. To see 90 would be a dream come true...

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6 posted 08-16-2002 09:43 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

Karilea, I know your Aunt loved you and your poetry very very much. She was smiling and very proud of you as you read this poem you penned for her as well.  How very blessed she was to have had you as a niece.  She lived a very long full life and therefore was ready when God called her home.  
Beautifully done sweet poetess.
Love the pic of the handiwork.
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7 posted 08-16-2002 10:38 PM       View Profile for Mistletoe Angel   Email Mistletoe Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Mistletoe Angel's Home Page   View IP for Mistletoe Angel

(big hugggsssssss) Oh Karilea, this is sooooooo beautiful, I know with all my heart Ruby will always love you and guide you with her love as she is so blessed to have you, as a niece and now she is safe with Him and will always be making halos with her hands and placing them over you as you continue to weave these circles of love! (sigh) God Bless You, sweet friend, my heart goes out to you, we all love you so much! You have such a beautiful heart, sweet Karilea, thank you for sharing!

May love and light always shine upon you!

Noah Eaton

"Underneath your clothes there's an endless story..."


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8 posted 08-16-2002 10:49 PM       View Profile for Bridget Shenachie   Email Bridget Shenachie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Bridget Shenachie


This is such a beautiful expression of love and faith.  Thank you for sharing it with us.

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9 posted 08-20-2002 03:23 PM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

How very lovely. *S* I think I know ladies much like her... and this is a wonderful tribute to the love and faith she lived.
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10 posted 08-20-2002 10:36 PM       View Profile for mycafe   Email mycafe   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for mycafe

A loveliest tribute!


Keep counting your blessings

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11 posted 08-21-2002 03:36 AM       View Profile for JamesMichael   Email JamesMichael   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for JamesMichael

This is lovely Sunshine...James
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12 posted 08-21-2002 06:15 AM       View Profile for Gentle Spirit   Email Gentle Spirit   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Gentle Spirit

This is so lovely Sunshine and it gave me chills when I read it.  The love is so evident, and I know your aunt was smiling.  Hugs hon

somebody tell me, please help me....
understand.......(as sung by Trace Adkins)

{on the wings of words are spirits fly...and our souls are free~me

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13 posted 08-21-2002 01:31 PM       View Profile for bsquirrel   Email bsquirrel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for bsquirrel

A prayer stitched up in words of the soul. Eloquent and unexplainable ... a calm reflection and remission of death's inevitability, and the love she left behind.
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14 posted 10-30-2003 11:41 AM       View Profile for kayjay   Email kayjay   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for kayjay

The fullness of your heart for this beloved aunt truly shows.  This is a lovely piece.  I know your family felt so also.  Ken

Through rubble and trouble and dark of night
The yawn of a dawn will hasten the light

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