Thanksgiving – In The Face of Death

Winter is a time for cosy corners

Snuggling down

Keeping warm with casseroles, hot drinks

Cuddly quilts

It is a time for hibernation

Lingering long in comfortable cocoons

A time when

Nature appears to die

But when required to be Wakeful Witness

To the Decline and Death of a young man

Son’s Friend

To See

The parting

Son from Parents

Husband from Childhood Sweetheart

Father from Babies

The cold bites deeper

The frost threatens to splinter

The warmest heart

Chill winds blow

And we gaze into the icy mirror of our own fate

So when the warmth of Remembrance

Fights back the chill

When the glow of Hope

Shines in darkness

When Faith stands tall

Long after the human body fails

Then winter becomes beauty

And Death becomes the way a young man’s courage shines

When the love of wife and family

Radiant with the delight of having known

Even for the shortest time

Such a man

Thank You God


* Drummer

* His farewell encouragement, considerate of us

* The life lived without shame

* The Many gathered to stand

* In Unity

* The friend in Wookiee suit

* Keeping Promises

* Unified support for those

Left behind

* For all that gave him joy

* Formula one

* Lego

* Star Wars

* Music

* His inspiration & collaboration

* Sons of Korah

* Balanced Christianity

* For Drum Rhythms and Poly rhythms

* His faith

* A Certainty in God

* Somehow we will see him again

* Then I see the frigid winter days

Melt with colour

* His final message causes us to smile

* Becomes our anthem

Always look on the Bright Side of Life

Words and Pictures © Denise Stanford 2010

~ by Denise Within the Vine on 05/07/2010.

2 Responses to “Thanksgiving – In The Face of Death”

  1. Simply beautiful.

    Delighted to meet you. HOpe you don’t mind if I splash around a bit to get to know you. This looks like a refreshing place to slip off my shoes and take a dip in thankfulness.


  2. Thank you for stepping Within the Vine Sara… Splash away, do you see how the light, glistens on the water… divine!

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