White Glow, Winter Coat and “You can shed tears..”

14 Sep

1   I love the white flowers in our garden at this time of year as the sunlight is lower and they gain a kind of glow which is very beautiful.

White Borage, Blue Sky


Sweet Pea



2   The nights are becoming noticeably colder and one of ‘our’ beautiful horses has been given his winter coat already.

Horses in the evening sunlight

3   This very beautiful poem by David Harkins, poet and painter, was read at Monday’s funeral for a very special lady. We both found the words very touching.

“You can shed tears that she is gone,
or you can smile because she has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back,
or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her,
or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember her only that she is gone,
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind,
be empty and turn your back.
Or you can do what she’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”

It’s a poem I shall be putting into my ‘When I’ve gone’ drawer.


Just a little extra – Linda identified yesterday’s flower for me. Thank you so much. Fascinating info to be found here


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12 responses to “White Glow, Winter Coat and “You can shed tears..”

  1. dhphotosite

    September 17, 2012 at 7:30 pm

    What a lovely poem, your garden must be quite beautiful, indeed it getting near the time for a coat!

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      It was a very moving poem and one that we loved straight away. The garden is still giving us flowers despite the chill in the air. 🙂

  2. valeriedavies

    September 15, 2012 at 4:07 am

    Yes, as I read the poem I was thinking too, that would be how I’d want my children to feel when I’m luxuriating in the next world!

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 16, 2012 at 10:05 am

      I shall share my drawer with our children in due course…. 🙂

  3. pennycoho

    September 15, 2012 at 1:24 am

    Just catching up a little on your posts, as always the photo’s are gorgeous and your commentary delightful, I always feel like I’m right there with you. This is a beautiful poem, what lovely words being expressed by David Harkins, so moving and true. Your flowers are gorgeous, but I guess you already knew that! Wish I could be there my friend, to take in their fragrance like Meme suggested, Penny 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 16, 2012 at 10:02 am

      Thank you for your lovely comments and I’m really glad I can make you feel as if you are here with me. That’s a lovely thing to say.

      That poem is very special with such a lovel positive philosophy. The viburnum does smell gorgeous and will be in flower all through the winter. 🙂

  4. Choc Chip Uru

    September 14, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    These flowers are incredible my friend, especially the first one which seems like a ghost flower!
    And lovely poem 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. Don

    September 14, 2012 at 7:33 pm

    The flowers are magnificent, but the poem takes the price today. What a powerful and meaningful poem. The words are stirring and I can certainly see why you want to put it in your “When I’ve gone” drawer. What a wonderful idea – I mean the drawer.

    • mybeautfulthings

      September 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

      It is a beautiful poem isn’t it? The philosophy is spot on if hard to carry out!
      My parents had such a file and it was very helpful. 🙂

  6. mixedupmeme

    September 14, 2012 at 7:12 pm

    I can almost smell those flowers. 🙂


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