Latitude

Birds

Smoke

Light

Sea.

The spotless mind shivers in the cold of He who holds his heart. The grey face turns and burns in the sight of those who love-d him. Little conceptions of a man who once was – a father, a brother, a lover, a seeker of souls float in the sea of those who have left us. The Birds stumble on glimmers of a fading sky. Shadows of fear fall upon those who saw the pain first-hand, felt the pain of others, hear the scream of terrible lies that cannot be true.

Today we remember a light that once shine and offered hope, life and laughter. Those red socks and loafers rebirthed the same taste of life in the children that he left behind. Chic afro shapes on the heads of sons are the remnants of a soul that once was.

Today we linger at the life that once was an abundance of grace. The children are not only those who call him dad since memory became a thing but also those who found a daddy through his overwhelming compassion. Embers. What endures? Those that rise above the ground, untethered by the earthly entanglements or ephemeral pursuits. His thirst to live not for himself. The-other-first before self. The timeless elegance through which life is done.

Today we remember the river that once flowed among us. No longer a stream that can be contained but a sea that gives…

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4 comments

  1. And he smiles from above.
    I know that you see the world as he did, cause I know a life with love is a life that’s been lived. And we sing hallelujah, he was an angel in the shape of dad. You hold memories of a life that’s been loved.
    We lost a dad, but heaven gained an angel.

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  2. A good heart has stopped beating, a good soul ascended to heaven. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead.💙💙this is a very deep piece.

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