Good-Bye, Nana

We said good-bye to my Nana today. Scattered her ashes on Mount Rainier on Paradise Pass.

I found this in papers that my aunt gave to me after she passed, along with a picture of my grandfather from when we said good-bye to him, so I brought it with me to read before we scattered her ashes.

Some Time at Eve
by Lizzie Clark Handy

Some time at eve when the tide is low,
I shall slip my mooring and sail away,
With no response to the friendly hail
Of kindred crafts in the busy bay.
In the silent hush of the twilight pale,
When the night stoops down to embrace the day,
And the voices call in the waters' flow—
Some time at eve when the tide is low,
I shall slip my mooring and sail away.

Through the purpling shadows that darkly trail,
O'er the ebbing tide of the Unknown Sea,
I shall fare me away, with a dip of the sail
And a ripple of waters to tell the tale
Of a lonely voyager, sailing away
To the Mystic Isles where at anchor lay
The crafts of thos who have sailed before
O'er the Unknown Sea to the Unseen Shore.

A few who have watched me sail away
Will miss my craft from the busy bay;
Some friendly barks that were anchored near,
Some loving souls that my heart hold dear
In silent sorrow will drop a tear—
Bit I shall have peacefully furled my sail
In moorings sheltered from storm or gale,
And greeted the friends who have sailed before
O'er the Unknown Sea to the Unseen Shore.

In Memorium

Sam Hillinger – January 5, 1922 to November 25, 2000
Margaret Hansen Hillinger – August 23, 1919 to May 25, 2010


Miss Foodie2shoes August 8, 2010 at 5:33 PM  

Lovely poem. It sounds like today went well?

Elf Flame August 8, 2010 at 7:39 PM  

It did. Aside from a slight turn-around getting there, and my father taking us down the wrong side of the mountain on the way back... :P

Very very tired, though.

Ceria August 8, 2010 at 7:48 PM  

The poem is beautiful. They had something similar [but not quite as nice] in the funeral home books we looked thru for Dad's little cards.

I love this one. I'm glad today went well for you.

Elf Flame August 8, 2010 at 7:49 PM  

<3 Thanks, hon.

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This blog is maintained by two sisters who have had a life long interest in geneology.
Mika writes here mostly about our family (Hansen, Hillinger, Bordewick, Park, etc), and her search for more information.
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Our blog is named Oh Spusch! mostly because Shannon is bad at naming things. The first post I put up includes a story about the time Walker's great grandfather took his whole family out to see a play and the littlest kept saying "Oh! Spusch!" No one ever figured out what she meant by that.