November 20, 2015

Here She Comes!

In Memory of Glo

Gloria Jean Johnson Krause

I am standing upon the seashore 

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze 
and starts for the blue ocean. 

She is an object of beauty and strength. 

I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud 
just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then someone at my side says: 

"There, she is gone!"

"Gone where?"

Gone from my sight.  That is all. 

She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side
 and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her. 

And just at the moment when someone at my side says: 

"There, she is gone!" 

There are other eyes watching her coming, 
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: 

"Here she comes!"

~Henry Van Dyke

Godspeed, my old friend.  I'll see you later.

Photograph of Gloria and Pot was taken by Sheila Sharp Mason.