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The Day Came Quietly - A Poem in Loving Memory of my Nephew

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The Day Came Quietly

The day came quietly

and rose and ebbed in my chest.

No words came with it.

I breathed and laughed and worked,

and carried you calmly close.


I celebrated you silently

as I remembered with swift pangs

a blond haired angel

who came for a season

then went quickly away.


I was able to remember and smile

at the photo taped to my desk

the day you left with the little dog

and the cloud that opened up

and welcomed you home.


There were no tears

as they come only with the words

now written down and brought to life

and the surge that clenches my heart and bursts

as I thank God that you are okay.


More poems from Victoria Lynn about death and loss

Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton, written after the death of his 4 year old son

Comments

Augustine A Zavala from Texas on August 24, 2018:

Such a terrible tragedy. I am sorry for your loss.

Suzie from Carson City on August 18, 2018:

Oh, Vee........I understand each of those emotions that flow through us upon remembering such tragic loss. You know my hand holds yours in support & silence, as we wipe away the tears we shed, year after year after year........We struggle for comfort & the strength to brave through the memories. Peace dear friend....Paula

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 19, 2015:

RTalloni--thanks for saying that. I hope that people can relate.

RTalloni on August 17, 2015:

Your poem is precious and resonates with many people who have suffered through a loss.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 03, 2015:

cam8510--That's good to know that it helps every time you write about the loss. Sorry about your wife. It's hard. Bless you, too.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 01, 2015:

Thanks, vocalcoach. I know that you carry your own loss around with you. Thanks for the sweet words.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 29, 2015:

Thanks, Sunshine. I appreciate that. I read this poem again--and remembered . . . .

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on April 27, 2015:

I've written a number of times in memory of my wife and each time it has helped. Bless you as you dwell in the memories.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on April 27, 2015:

The tears came one-by-one as each word touched my heart. I know something of your grief dear Victoria. Your loving tribute to your precious nephew is beyond beautiful. Sending you warm hugs and much love.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on April 24, 2015:

Bittersweet and beautiful poem. Perfect video to accompany the tribute to your nephew. Hugs to you!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on June 02, 2013:

btrbell--Thanks for your sweet words. I appreciate them very much.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on May 31, 2013:

Victoria, this is amazing and incredibly sad. I read it with tears in my eyes and a heavy heart for the pain that your family suffered. What a beautiful tribute you wrote for him. Thank you for sharing this! up++

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 22, 2013:

pinto--I agree! Not everyone expresses grief the same, nor do they find comfort in the same way. Expressions of grief or remembrance are so varied, too. Thanks so much for your insightful comments!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 22, 2013:

truthfornow--Thank you. I appreciate your comments very much.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 22, 2013:

everythingdazzles--My heart was definitely in it. I'm glad you could feel that. Thanks.

Subhas from New Delhi, India on April 22, 2013:

You have caught the imagination. One can clearly judge the emotions you have beaded with your poetic words. At times consolation comes through different means.

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on April 21, 2013:

Beautiful. Nice tribute on a painful loss and for a sweet little boy.

Janelle from Houston on April 21, 2013:

This poem was filled with a lot of heart.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 21, 2013:

Thanks for those comments, Vellur. They mean a lot!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on April 19, 2013:

CC--Yeah, it's tough all the way around. Thanks for reading. :-)

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 19, 2013:

A beautiful poem and a great tribute.

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on April 19, 2013:

Poetry can be such a powerful healing tool. I remember watching the documentary with Eric Clapton talking about his son, too. And I know all too well the anguish that comes from losing a loved one: both human and furry-animal. *sigh* Lovely read.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 12, 2012:

You're right, Rosemay. Writing helps healing--so much. Good to see you!

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on August 11, 2012:

This is a beautiful poem, serene, calming and healing. Writing always helps us work through and survive these sad times.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 01, 2012:

Ruby, I don't know if that is good or bad. My nephew died on August 17th. My boyfriend's sweet dog had died suddenly 6 days before on August 11th. I'm sorry for your losses, too, and I hope that in someway my poems helps us work though it all.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 01, 2012:

teaches: "winding the heart string through thoughts that lead to wisdom." wow, what a compliment. You touched me here, girl!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on August 01, 2012:

Hyphenbird, you brought tears to me. That's the sweetest thing I have heard lately. I can just see it. Good to know that my poem means something. Blessings to you.

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on August 01, 2012:

You are hitting a home run with these stories and poems about loss.

August is a month I work through some of the losses in my life. I can so totally relate, losing 2 of the most precious people to me this time of year.

Thanks.

Dianna Mendez on August 01, 2012:

The photo made the poem even more touching. It is a blessing to have such a life in your presence, even if for a short time. You have a way of winding the heart string through thoughts that lead to wisdom.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on August 01, 2012:

Your love for the little man keeps his memory fresh even to those of us who never knew him. I look forward to meeting him in Heaven one day and telling him that his Aunt V kept him close to her heart-and ours. Just a beautiful poem.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 31, 2012:

sweethearts, I do know you can relate. The poem about death changing us is linked to this one in the blue box. I'm glad you like my hubs.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 31, 2012:

Thanks, Jools. I appreciate your coming by.

sweethearts2 from Northwest Indiana on July 31, 2012:

A beautiful poem and the beauty it proclaims about the memories we are left with is touching. We learn to breathe, laugh work and embrace. I am touched and wanted to go back to your poem regarding how a death changes us but couldn't find it. Always impressed and grateful for your hubs.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on July 31, 2012:

Victoria, heart-wrenching, very affecting poem.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 30, 2012:

Thanks, Joyce. it's a tough one. :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 30, 2012:

Thanks for reading, Liz! :-)

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on July 30, 2012:

Wonderful tribute, loved it.

Voted up and awesome, Joyce.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 30, 2012:

Oh, thanks, TT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 30, 2012:

Thanks, Jon! I love your descriptions!

Liz Walmoth on July 30, 2012:

Heart wrenching and beautiful. Thank you for sharing this.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 30, 2012:

Curiad--they really are from the soul. Thank you.

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on July 30, 2012:

Simply beautiful, Vicki. :)

Jonathan McCloskey from Cinnaminson, New Jersey on July 30, 2012:

Brings a sense of excitement, fear, and then relief all in the same poem. Great work, Victoria Lynn, this is a high emotion piece and I'm glad I've had the chance to read it.

Curiad on July 30, 2012:

Powerful feelings expressed softly and true, Words from the soul Vicki.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 30, 2012:

Thanks, Bill! I appreciate that!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 30, 2012:

rcrumple--That's such a lovely and sincere compliment. Wow and thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 30, 2012:

Josh, I'm glad you like my poetry! And as for cranking out hubs, I'm trying! I have a goal! Thanks for stopping by!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 30, 2012:

Very beautiful Vicki! This is you at your best my friend!

Rich from Kentucky on July 29, 2012:

I just went back for the third time to read this before posting. Each time it grew more and more powerful and gut wrenching. The love and pain described is beyond any norm. It demands my empathy, as well as, my praise. Beautiful!

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on July 29, 2012:

Vicki,

First off, I must say that you are cranking out those hubs! Just read your Christmas hub and enjoyed it! :)

Now for your poem, beautiful and powerful words here Vicki! Thanks for sharing; I enjoy reading your poetry!

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