Sunday, January 17, 2010


(december 8, 1922 to january 16, 2010)

Funeral Blues

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He is Dead.
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the woods;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

~ W.H. Auden ~

Be at peace, Dad.


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, really.

Anonymous said...

I'm really sorry.

margie said...

dear wanda, we are so sorry for your loss.

m. heart said...

Wanda, as someone who has recently suffered a great loss of my own, I can empathize with the depth of grief a parent's death brings. Thinking of you and your family at this difficult time, and offering my deepest condolences.

Wanda said...

Thank you all. Your friendship means a lot to me.

Kathryn Grace said...

Such a wonderful, happy, laughing-Buddha face. It is all our loss not to have had the privilege to know him, and your great good joy, I imagine, Wanda. May you receive the deepest comforts now and in all the days ahead. Perhaps, in time, you will share a little of him with us.

Susan O'Neil said...

Oh Wanda, I am so sorry to hear that. Please express our condolences to your sister and mother and all your family. If you need anything at all, please let us know. we're all here for you. you and this blog mean so much to all of us. and i know you know this, but it helps to be reminded, that it's ok to take extra care of yourself now. peace.

Carrie Wilson Link said...

Oh, Wanda, I'm so sorry! I almost didn't look at blogs tonight, I'm glad I did.




Wanda said...

Thanks, all. Love.

Tracy said...

Oh, Wanda... I am so very, very sorry for your great loss... Thinking of you and sending you much ((LOVE & HUGS))

Deb Shucka said...

I am so sorry for your loss, Wanda. What a shining joyful face he had. Love.

Christina said...

blessings to you and your family at this time, my dear, dear friend.