When I lie down to die
I hope you make a feathered nest
of downy white flicked with silvery gold,
and its velvet strands will be enough
to cradle my fading heart.
When I lie down to die
and the last tear slips across my cheek,
I hope the doves will gather to coo
a melody strung with faded memories
into my soundless ears.
Then I will know the path out of the woods
is to follow the pulse carried aloft on the wind
as it dances and twirls beyond the moon.
And I will smile as the dove’s wings open
for the song humming among the stars
has echoed in my soul for centuries.
And I pray you will hear this too,
when I lie down to die.
This poem is dedicated to my father on the anniversary of his death.
31 thoughts on “Listen”
Wow. It’s a beautiful tribute.
Such a beautiful tribute. I just had a long conversation with my husband about his dad, because today is the anniversary of his death. Then I read your post. We really are all connected……..
So beautiful, Darla! A beautiful tribute to your Dad, and a beautiful image to hold in our own hearts as we move through life. Thinking of you today!
I know you have written several times about the special bond you had with your dad. I can relate. Perhaps you will want to listen to Julio Iglesias’s interpret “Cucurucucu Paloma.” Julio is Enrique Iglesias’s father. Search Julio Iglesias, La paloma in youtube. Click on the rendition with the dove on the icon. I’d give you the link but don’t want to mess up your page. Note: paloma = dove in Spanish, cucurucucu = coo
You’ll be in my thoughts today.
Thanks, Georgette. I know you understand.
A truly lovely tribute. Hugs to you.
I always enjoy your poems, you’re so talented.
Very touching. Thank you.
I read this aloud to myself–it is–there are no words–but it is a wonderful tribute and life affirming all at once
Beautiful, Darla. Yesterday was the 1-year anniversary of my father-in-law’s death. Our memories keep them with us. Hugs.
Thinking of you and your family, Tar.
Amazing, amazing. So beautifully written.
what a lovely way to honor your father. Thank you for sharing.
Absolutely gorgeous, Darla.
These words from your heart have wings of their own, Darla, and certainly reach your father’s – and that of everyone who reads this.
Very touching and emotive.
This is incredibly evocative and lovely. ❤
Beautiful imagery. What a wonderful tribute.
I’m sure he hears you, Darla.
Beautiful words, Darla.
Very moving and lovely tribute, Darla.
Beautiful, Darla. Our loved ones are never far from our thoughts.
How very lovely. I’m sure your father is smiling down on you, Darla.
Thank you guys for all the kind words! It was hard to get through this week, but I try to think about all the good memories.
Wow, I am very impressed.
Movingly gorgeous. Impressed!
This is just beautiful. 🙂