Memoriam

Did you hear the winds rustle that day?
Metaphors soared on the backs of gulls.
Thousands of unused words,
ideas not yet writ,
wended their way into the night sky.
A poet’s earth journey complete,
she lives now, forever beautiful,
among the shimmering stars.

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Quadrille (44 words) written for dVerse as Grace asks us to use the word “journey.” dVerse is celebrating its fifth anniversary this week. Link up to join in the celebration!
Written in memory of poet Viv Blake who died suddenly on July 5, 2016. Photo taken while in Portland, Maine this past June.

63 thoughts on “Memoriam

  1. Grace July 18, 2016 / 3:05 pm

    A lovely and moving tribute to Viv. My heart goes out to her family. And as I look back, we have our share of souls who have completed the earth’s journey~

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    • lillian July 18, 2016 / 3:43 pm

      I like to think earth is simply a stop on a longer journey we have. I’m glad you liked it.

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  2. kanzensakura July 18, 2016 / 3:11 pm

    Lovely photo. Amazing tribute. She was such a fine lady and talent. This poem seems to sum it all up beautifully.

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    • lillian July 18, 2016 / 3:44 pm

      Thank you so much. It is so hard to believe we will not be graced by her poetry….

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    • lillian July 18, 2016 / 3:42 pm

      That is the most wonderful reply I could receive. Thank you.

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    • lillian July 18, 2016 / 3:44 pm

      I never met her — and only knew her through dVerse — but her words were truly wonderful. She is missed.

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  3. Sanaa Rizvi (@rizvi_sanaa) July 18, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    Metaphors soared on the backs of gulls… Sigh that’s such a lovely image ❤
    Wonderful tribute to Vivienne. May she rest in peace.. a fine poet and woman.

    Lots of love,
    Sanaa

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    • lillian July 19, 2016 / 12:17 am

      So nice to see you Sanaa — hurrah to dVerse opening again! 🙂
      Yes — although I did not know Vivienne — I enjoyed her poetry so much.

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  4. Victoria C. Slotto July 18, 2016 / 4:33 pm

    Oh, geez. It’s close to 100 degrees here and I have the chills. This is so very touching and appropriate.

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    • lillian July 19, 2016 / 12:18 am

      Took me a while to do this one — I did so enjoy her poetry. I’m glad you liked it.

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  5. Myrna July 18, 2016 / 5:03 pm

    Such a beautiful tribute to Viv. Thank you for expressing what many of us can’t say as artfully.

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  6. katiemiafrederick July 18, 2016 / 5:05 pm

    SMiles.. my friEnd Lillian..
    been on about a month
    break from dVerse too..
    and so sorry to hear about
    Viv.. stopped by tHeRe.. too..
    but these days a heARt can stay
    in ways of spiRit expreSsing
    words of what a miNd and
    yes body Part or two or
    more has to say
    in this brave
    new singularity
    of hUman souL
    when uploaded
    to a new unabridged
    hUman bible named
    online and sure.. so much more..
    hehe.. sTiLL wrote a hundred thousand
    plus words of my style of poetry in the last
    month.. a novel every two weeks is my
    own personal style
    of free i
    mE..;)

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  7. kim881 July 18, 2016 / 5:09 pm

    Such a beautiful tribute to Viv, Lillian. I love that line ‘Metaphors soared on the backs of gulls.’ Viv would have loved it too.

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    • lillian July 19, 2016 / 12:20 am

      Thank you, Kim. I did so enjoy reading her poetry and her comments too. She is missed.

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    • lillian July 19, 2016 / 12:21 am

      She is missed by many. And many who only knew her through her beautiful words.

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    • lillian July 19, 2016 / 12:21 am

      So glad you enjoyed….she is missed.

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  8. Bodhirose July 18, 2016 / 7:41 pm

    Beautiful words in tribute to our friend, Viv, Lillian. I believe we continue on in some other capacity after this life…she surely is soaring free now.

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    • lillian July 19, 2016 / 12:22 am

      Her words, her presence, her sense of artfulness and humor — all shall be missed.

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  9. Waltermarks July 18, 2016 / 9:08 pm

    I knew what that was about when I read the first line. Vivian France was a great presence in the room. Thanks for a memorial.

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    • lillian July 19, 2016 / 12:23 am

      So glad you approve of my words for her here — I only knew her through her poetry — and then, only since I joined dVerse last December. I shall miss her presence here.

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  10. MarinaSofia July 19, 2016 / 2:01 am

    What a lovely, lovely tribute to Viv! It made tears come to my eyes, especially the ‘thousands of unused words’.and that vision of metaphors riding on the back of seagulls.

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    • lillian July 19, 2016 / 7:11 am

      Although I only knew her through her poetry, it is so very obvious that she was/is an amazing woman, beloved by many.

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  11. Mish July 19, 2016 / 11:46 am

    This is breathtaking, Lillian. I just love the idea of the words of a poet dispersing into the universe in spirit. You have honoured her with grace, dignity and beauty with both poem and photo. It brought tears to my eyes. You are right that we do not necessarily need to meet someone in person to be touched by their words and their heart.

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    • lillian July 19, 2016 / 11:55 am

      Thank you, Mish. Your kind words are truly appreciated. Sudden death robs so many in so many ways.

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    • lillian July 19, 2016 / 3:21 pm

      Her words and spirit were so important to so many – many of whom only met her in this cyber-space.

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    • lillian July 20, 2016 / 6:51 am

      So many who never met her miss her spirit and her wonderful poetry.

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  12. lynn__ July 19, 2016 / 11:21 pm

    A wonderful tribute, Lillian! Sad to think we will read no more of Viv’s poetic words.

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  13. Rosemary Nissen-Wade July 20, 2016 / 7:08 am

    A beautiful tribute!

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  14. Charley July 20, 2016 / 12:22 pm

    Indeed, and she left a hole. A beautifully crafted remembrance, Lillian! Keep tunneling through that mountain of grief. Go slowly. Use a teaspoon. Know that there are others standing around you and holding you up as you go.

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  15. Truedessa July 22, 2016 / 6:59 am

    and May her journey in the other realm be wonderful, a lovely tribute to a fellow poet

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