....poem for Sylvia

Discussion in 'In Memoriam' started by nytraveller, Jun 13, 2001.

  1. nytraveller

    nytraveller Guest

    I met Sylvia about two years ago. I wrote poetry to lift her spirits, and found all too often, she lifted mine.

    The Poet and the Angel
    by T.L. Stokes

    It seems fitting, on a rainy Monday,
    as full misty cups of clouds
    pour down, erasing
    the fine green edges of solumn firs,
    I just read the letter
    from the man who loves you.

    I don't know how to tell you this,
    he began. I knew all the rest.

    I look out from the window
    of my weeping heart,
    and see you standing right in front of me.
    I see your face, the yellow sun
    of your soul.

    I am not ready to let you go.

    What words will the poet write now?
    You would say to me: write not of the sadness.
    Let the clouds be swept away,
    let the wind blow fresh, let spring come again

    like the frogs who sang dirges
    and kept us up. Made us laugh
    and forget.

    Forget that cancer loomed
    on the aching horizon.
    We stood in silence,
    hearing the beconing voice of death.

    And busied ourselves with weaving,
    with all the colored twine and thread
    of life here on the table.

    The days would pass but only
    in terms of the present. You taught me that.
    You were too busy living your life
    to fear too much.

    We were afraid. And that was accepted.

    As was the morning frogs singing,
    and our laughter. And the wonder,
    of your small boy on a maiden flight.
    Of losing hair. Of poetry. Of your new cat.

    What words now my friend
    can I write of your passing?
    How can I be strong enough
    when inspiration becomes the clouds
    on my face?

    So I write of the sadness. Forgive me,
    but it is the truth. And that is what you
    taught me most. Live honestly, live
    like a bucket. Fill and pour, fill and pour...

    for Sylvia
    and all of us who love her
  2. zoisite

    zoisite Guest

    Kunder, that is beautiful. Sylvia was a beautiful lady. How did you know her?
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  4. eppy

    eppy Guest

    Kunder, what wonderful words and what a wonderful tribute to Sylvia. Thank you for sharing with us.
  5. nytraveller

    nytraveller Guest

    I met Sylvia at the Acmepet Dog Chat online. At the time her breast cancer was in remission. We became good friends and talked on icq often. I wrote her a poem about hope...and she shared it with other women and networks she knew dealing with breast cancer. Was just like her too, rather than holding onto something just for herself, she would always pass it on. Over time I wrote poems for her about Nick's flying to Disney world, losing her hair, a cat they picked out from the humane society, and spring. One request she made, was for a poem about pixy dust. So I wrote her one and she posted it here. She figured if something was good for her, if she was inspired by something, it must be good for others. She shared her heart

    I am grateful you made her feel so welcome here. This forum brought her continuous joy.

  6. zoisite

    zoisite Guest

    Kunder, now that you relate your story, I do recall Sylvia speaking to me of the person who wrote her poems. And here you are! Sylvia lives on. :sunny: How nice. :D

    Here is a link to a post I made that has many Sylvia threads from the past few days. You may enjoy a few hours of reliving Sylvia's life as it effected and affected us here on the DIS. So nice to have you visit, register and share.

    Links to many Sylvia threads
  7. Lord_Yen_Sid

    Lord_Yen_Sid Guest

    What a beautiful poem Kunder. Sylvia was a truly amazing woman who touched many lives. She will be missed.
  8. Guest

    Kunder, that was beautiful and very touching. Thank you for sharing this poem with us.

  9. RobRoy

    RobRoy Guest

    Beautiful...thank you for coming to the DIS and sharing it.
  10. Oh Kunder, I'm so sorry for your loss. It sounds like you really touched Sylvia's life just like she touched ours!! Thank you for sharing your poem!!!
  11. linken

    linken Guest


    That was simply beautiful! I don't even think beautiful is a strong enough word to use!

    Come and visit with us anytime please! I would love to hear more of your poetry!!
  12. Cheree

    Cheree Earning My Ears

    May 26, 2000
    Just beautiful kunder, thank you for sharing your poem and Sylvia with us.
  13. littlestar

    littlestar DIS Veteran

    Jun 9, 2000
    most beautiful kunder. thankyou
  14. Luanne

    Luanne Guest

    Kunder, that was beautiful.
    I did not get to meet Sylvia, in person or on these boards. But I know, from the comments of others, that she was truly a wonderful person.
  15. kkozma

    kkozma ME now, FLA Later

    Nov 30, 1999
    Magnificent, just like Sylvia. Thank-you. :D
  16. otis

    otis Guest

    that was an amazing poem.....
    as beautiful as the person you wrote it for.

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