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Stop all the clocks

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Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Goodbye Dad

He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often, and loved much;
Who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children;
Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task;
Who has left the world better than he found it;
Who has looked for the best in others and given the best he had;
Whose life was an inspiration
Whose memory is a benediction
26th Jul 2011, 16:28   | tags:

Factotum says:

I'm so sorry, Dhamaka.

26th Jul 2011, 16:59

MandyP says:

Oh Carole; I'm sorry. That poem is beautiful. I bet your father was as well.

26th Jul 2011, 17:10

So sorry for your loss Carole you and your family will be in our thoughts. Beautiful words.

And if I may........ some other words:

Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow;
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain;
I am the gentle Autmn' rain.

When you awaken in the morning's hush.
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft star that shines at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there;
I did not die.

Much Love x

26th Jul 2011, 17:40

Puddikat says:

Oh Carole, I'm so sorry, I can't believe it happened so suddenly.

26th Jul 2011, 17:43

edit: if the HL offends please, unhighlight. ?

26th Jul 2011, 17:43

Twiglet says:

Deepest sympathy ♥

26th Jul 2011, 17:56

crickson says:

My condolences - our thoughts are with you and your family.

26th Jul 2011, 18:56

MaggieD says:

So sorry to hear this,
Love the photo it captures such a lot, especially love the last words of your tribute,
you are truely your father's daughter, and his spirit lives on in you ....

My thoughts are with you and your family,
love and hugs,

26th Jul 2011, 20:00

Helen says:

So sorry for your loss x

26th Jul 2011, 21:00

Dhamaka says:

Thank you everyone
The first is WH Auden and the second RL Stevenson. Dad's love and knowledge of poetry (and all the great written works) was a constant throughout his life

26th Jul 2011, 21:59

Viv says:

Oh gosh - that was such a shock - hugs

27th Jul 2011, 00:22

Spiderbaby says:

Oh Carole I'm so sorry.

27th Jul 2011, 07:30

Dania says:

I'm so sorry to hear this, Dhamaka.

27th Jul 2011, 11:06

maddyisanowl says:

:( *hugs*

27th Jul 2011, 12:45

mysteritmo says:


27th Jul 2011, 13:14

midlife says:

((((((((H)))))))) Comfort and peace to you and your family in the fond memories of your Dad. I see you in him and he in you.

28th Jul 2011, 04:56

Earthlad says:

sorry to hear of your loss *hugs* wonderful words

28th Jul 2011, 11:44

Dhamaka says:

thank you

28th Jul 2011, 11:51

beth says:

I'm sorry Carole, he looks like a real character


29th Jul 2011, 00:53

Dhamaka says:

oh Beth, he was.. and thank you xx

29th Jul 2011, 12:52

So sorry for your loss x

Good words too

30th Jul 2011, 21:12

Dhamaka says:

thank you both

30th Jul 2011, 21:40

Jane Doe says:

Thinking of you and your family

31st Jul 2011, 20:15

EJ says:

So sorry for your loss

31st Jul 2011, 22:13

Cris2I says:

Gorgeous words ... Terrible loss. Even can't imagine .. Hugs! xx

1st Aug 2011, 09:50

Jig along says:

I'm sorry for your loss.

3rd Aug 2011, 13:17

Dhamaka says:

thank you everyone

8th Aug 2011, 08:50

Euphro says:

C, I've just learned of this. Please let me add my condolences to the many that have gone before - very sad news.

13th Aug 2011, 20:55

Dhamaka says:

thank you Euphro

14th Aug 2011, 11:15

rhys says:

very belated condolences also. Hope you're keeping well. All the very best.

3rd Sep 2011, 21:42

Dhamaka says:

thank you Rhys
doesn't feel like more than a month since it happens, but we're all fine

4th Sep 2011, 23:04

Wendle says:

Hugs, love and thoughts. The poems are wonderful.

30th Sep 2011, 20:47

Dhamaka says:

Thanks Wendle and it's great to see you here. I'm in Australia at the moment, just back from the bush and it's the first time I'll not be able to go home and tell Dad about it :(

1st Oct 2011, 01:26