let us not cry because she is gone but smile because she was here
Don’t cry because it’s over. Pam, a one act play from 1987, was my last piece of work inspired by Anne. You are the only person to set the boundaries of how to feel and when to feel. Smile because she was here. “Don't cry because it's over. The very next day he started a new job, in Cavray’s food factory in Carlisle. Ten of them were my family.”. I was obliged to work,” he says. This Billy Liar-esque existence was interrupted in 1985 when he and his father were sacked for stealing a loaf of bread; Harkins spent the next two-and-a-half years out of work. Browse more funeral hymns to find the right song for your loved one’s funeral, ©2020 All Rights Reserved Funeral Zone Ltd, A Guide To Woodland Burials & Green Funerals. THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST VISITED PAGES ON WWW.POETICEXPRESSIONS.CO.UK PLEASE ‘TELL A FRIEND’, MENTION THE SITE IN YOUR WORK, OR SEND A DONATION TO MARIE CURIE. Doesn’t she mind being “on view” in his pictures? But now, by way of an epilogue, it has emerged that the poem was written by David Harkins, a former factory worker and motorway service-station cleaner from Cumbria who now makes a living as an artist, chiefly by selling nude paintings of his wife on the internet. The words were slightly different, but there it was.” The “it” in question is the poem chosen by the Queen to be read at the funeral of the Queen Mother. You make the rules. There were changes but they were just words – a word here and a word there. (Great thanks to Saskia Sen whose inquiry led QI to formulate this question and perform this exploration. Als Trost für künftige Klage It was true that the book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go” could have been condensed to yield: “Today is our day. Often attributed to Dr. Seuss without citation; also cited as an anonymous proverb. The family moved three years ago to Silloth, a few miles along the coast from Carlisle, and live in a three-bed semi, stacked with paintings. So how did Harkins feel when he saw his words published on this most grave and ceremonial of state occasions? He gave up writing immediately – “when I found what I was really looking for” – and worked either in the factory, or as a cleaner for several years. Author David Bjorgen; image licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic. You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday, Doc. (Google Books Full View), 1901, Ludwig Jacobowski: Ein modernes Dichterbild by Professor Dr. Hermann Friedrich, Quote Page 65, Published by Siegfried Cronbach, Berlin, Germany. But it was during this period that Harkins’ verse of forlorn love went out into the world, was lost to literary culture for several years, only to re-emerge as a poem of consolation to the bereaved. You can shed tears that she is gone or you can smile because she has lived. I completed Remember Me in about March 1982, but until last year none of my poems received any recognition. Beautiful remembrance poem, ideal for a funeral reading or eulogy. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. You can shed tears that she is gone, Or you can smile because she has lived . A short but uplifting funeral poem by famous Victorian poet Christina Rossetti, about saying goodbye to a loved one. At its core, an obituary is a declaration of loss, an acknowledgement of grief, and an expression of joy all-in-one. Matt Seaton hears his extraordinary tale, http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2002/sep/16/artsfeatures.poetry. I wasn’t aware that people were using it for words of comfort when they’d lost loved ones.”. The linkage to Seuss was present in the June 1998 citation, and the error may have been facilitated by this connection. Harkins himself played the other part. A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside. A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. A comforting and uplifting funeral poem by Oxford professor Henry Scott Holland. Mr Harkins said: “I laugh about it because death is not what it’s about. Or you can smile because she has lived. A poem about love living on after death. “I was 22, 23 years old. Smile because it happened.” - Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss) “I’ll hold you in my heart until I can hold you in heaven.” “Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.” Here are some of the top memorial quotes for a loved one: “Don't cry because it's over. In October 1998 a newspaper in Delaware published a story about a local coffee shop called “Brewed Awakenings” in Newark that maintained a community diary in the form of a hardcover book with inviting blank pages. But the quotation under examination: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened,” did not occur in the book, and did not really fit as a paraphrase. My writing has dried up and I’m now a painter selling my works on the internet. It was just poetic prose.”. Today the News & Star can reveal that Silloth man David Harkins wrote the poem in 1981 while working at Robertson’s bakery in Durranhill, Carlisle. After the funeral, the poem was subjected to the scrutiny of the national media, with some critics ridiculing its apparent lack of literary merit. You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back or you can open your eyes and see all she has left. The graduation speaker might have intended this expression to stand separately. Smile because that particular incident in your life happened, and not be over depressed because it's over. A smile is happiness you'll find right under your nose. I wrote it about a girl I lusted after but she couldn’t stand the sight of me. Popular funeral poem based on a short verse by David Harkins. Here were four of the lines: 4. Your heart can be empty because you can't see her or you can be full of the love you shared. They have a son, Jonathan, aged 12, who has severe learning difficulties and is looked after by Jane. Anne posed for me about eight times, and we met regularly for a couple of years and talked a great deal, though we never even kissed, which is probably why I poured all my feelings about her into my poetry. "Poetic Expressions is a proud supporter of Marie Curie whose Nurses provide free nursing care to cancer patients and those with other terminal illnesses in their own homes" She was 16 and didn’t know me, but had seen her about and knocked on her door one evening in November 1981. You can close your eyes and pray that she'll come back, or you can open your eyes and see all she's left. You are the one who must let go. So if you and your significant other don't end up together, there's a reason why. Do not cry because they are past! A poem about loved ones finding peace with God in Heaven. Gabriel García Márquez? This proved difficult as her mother was present throughout. Extract from the article by Matt Seaton, The Guardian, Monday 16 September 2002: “’The first I knew of it was during the week of the Queen Mother’s funeral. Special thanks to top researcher Barry Popik who first identified German instances of the expression and performed pioneering research. You can shed tears that she is gone Or you can smile because she has lived, You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left, Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her Or you can be full of the love that you shared, You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday, You can remember her and only that she is gone Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. Mr Harkins, 43, has since received a letter of thanks from the Prince of Wales. Please try again later. My wife Jayne and I were reading the newspapers and there it was. He sent various poems, including Remember Me, to numerous magazines and publishers. I know that,” he says. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on. Or you can be full of the love that you shared. Special thanks to Amy West for help understanding the German citations. “I used to watch the South Bank Show and imagine myself being interviewed by Melvyn Bragg,” he says. Always keep your smile.
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