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It Does Not Seem Right To Talk About Design This Week

It does not seem right to do a post about design this week. Our nations hearts are heavy with grief. I want to honor those who lost their lives in Newtown, Connecticut. I know that I am holding my children a little tighter.

Here are two poems that have helped me through my own losses.

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Because I Could Not Stop For Death

Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me;
The carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.

We slowly drove, he knew no haste,
And I had put away
My labour, and my leisure too,
For his civility.

We passed the school where children played,
Their lessons scarcely done;
We passed the fields of gazing grain,
We passed the setting sun.

We paused before a house that seemed
A swelling of the ground;
The roof was scarcely visible,
The cornice but a mound.

Since then ’tis centuries; but each
Feels shorter than the day
I first surmised the horses’ heads
Were toward eternity.

– Emily Dickinson

Gone From My Sight

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!”

And that is dying.
– Henry Van Dyke

My thoughts and prayers are with all those who are grieving this holiday season.

Best, Celia

3 comments on “It Does Not Seem Right To Talk About Design This Week

  1. KAREN THIBEAU

    Thanks for posting this Celia.

    Karen Thibeau
    Long & Foster Real Estate
    301-580-6311

  2. That second poem is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing that.

  3. Love both of them but especially the Emily Dickinson one. Certainly a time to reflect and get our priorities straight.

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