What Is Dying?

Poems For Bereavement

Lighthouse surrounded by water and rocks

Lighthouse surrounded by water and rocks

What Is Dying?

I am standing on the sea shore.

A ship sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean.

She is an object of beauty and I stand watching her until at last she fades on the horizon, and someone at my side says, 'She is gone' Gone where? Gone from my sight, that is all.

She is just as large in the masts, hull and spars as she was when I saw her, and just as able to bear her load of living freight to its destination.

The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, not in her.

And just at the moment when someone at my side says, 'she is gone' there are others who are watching her coming,

and other voices take up the glad shout, 'there she comes' - that is dying.

Bishop Charles Henry Brent



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