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    A simple poem in memory of my wife's sister Barbara that passed away last week from cancer.



    Barbara, dear Barbara, the four winds call out your name

    The clouds dance to your laughter as in a child’s frolicking game

    The seas sing symphonies of love with waves never ending

    As we recall your time here on Earth and your spirit so unbending

    We walk hand in hand with you, do our best to keep pace

    As your zest for life carries you forward, as if to some magic meeting place.


    You have touched many lives during your journey, all enriched by your caring

    You have much to be proud of, the result of a lifetime of sharing

    We cherish this time spent with you, as well as those in times past

    Filled with memories so precious that they can never be surpassed

    As love conquers all, we hold you in a special place in our heart

    As we pray silently each day that God’s blessing he will impart.


    We can not feel your fears, nor can we share in your pain       

    But we stand beside you, and our love will never ever wane

    For better or worse, we are as one in this time of great trial

    Remember, your family is your rock, your lighthouse, your isle

    So be not disheartened as you wait for the next chapter to unfold

    For only God knows for certain what tomorrow may hold


    Charlie Gragg May 2009


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    Stryx commented on Barbara


    A very fine tribute to someone you must have known well. Barbara was also my wifes name. Naturally - Barbara Ann.



    Thanks WO.

    Springsize commented on Barbara


    How beautiful your love for your wonderful wife's sister ? The love you express by yourself and the family around Barbara is easy to read, more astounding is the 'family unit' ... for it shows a family that has grown close, wonderfully close, throughout years, and the love for her sister, shows Reader how special your wife has been and is. Really very nice, Hampton... It reminds me of smaller towns or places of e'r ago... as something not as easily experienced in the cement city, where families stretch wide apart.



    Thank you very much.

    StandingBear commented on Barbara


    A great write you've unfolded and shared with all. A fine dedication for your sister-in-law.



    Thank you friend.

    Marsink commented on Barbara


    I can say that this parting must have been painful and yet, the essence of the person she is outweighs the pain. beautiful in it's unfolding of her spirit in word, and inspiring in the shared facets of the life she lived. thanks for sharing a hurtful era in your heart-life



    Your comments are appreciated.

    SavVySam commented on Barbara


    The closer to home the sentiments, the more difficult the write... A thoughtful remembrance for all who share in those loving memories at this trying time..Much love to you and yours!



    Thank you for expressing your sentiments.

    Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

    Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

    Hampton’s Poems (111)

    Title Comments
    Title Comments
    Searching 5
    The Poetess 14
    Nonsense 12
    Solitude 18
    Lame Limericks 14
    Message to Papa 15
    Young Jimmy O’Fallon 11
    The Computer From Hell 18
    Life Ain’t for Sissies 16
    The Mind In Motion 13
    The Game of Poetry 9
    Silence 55
    WordSlinger 19
    Holiday Thoughts 12
    Sweet Mary 18
    From White to Grey to Black 19
    The Reckoning 12
    And All of That Jazz 16
    Today 25
    No Offense, Just My Opinion 16
    Lucky 10
    You’re Only as Old as You Feel 13
    Saturday Night 13
    Political Change? 14
    The Female Gender 17
    I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? ( With Epilogue) 10
    I’m In Charge Here, Aren’t I? 7
    Remembering 11
    This Web We Weave 13
    The End 16
    The Day the Clouds Cried 16
    The Path of Life 12
    My Mother Ruth 12
    Humanities Challenge 14
    A Cowboy's Perspective 12
    July in Buda Texas 14
    The OP Poets Parade 20
    The Chatelaine 12
    Shot Through the Heart 17
    Poetry and Fine Wine 18
    The Man What Am 10
    The Final Beat of My Heart 16
    The Rainbow of Poets 19
    A Cowboy's Lament 13
    Of This World I am Not 17
    The Wee People 19
    An Evening at an Irish Pub 15
    The Scent of Love 14
    Fresh News from Buda Texas 16
    Memories of Times Past 13
    The Dance of the Poets 20
    The Confession 14
    Road to Obscurity 18
    Barbara 14
    Shadows 15
    Prescience 17
    Words That Bind 54
    Wondering 26
    New Year News from Buda Texas 13
    We Are All Witnesses 16
    Christmas 25
    A Cowboy’s Prayer 29
    The 9 ers 24
    Love Defined 27
    Tis a Time to Give Thanks 21
    More News From Buda Texas 26
    Choices 26
    News from Buda, Texas 21
    In Search of God 21
    Writers of Poems (WOPs) 26
    Out of the Darkness 15
    Visions from Within the Mist 18
    Baseball 12
    The Night Stalker 16
    The Man I Presume to be Buck 16
    The Sounds of Time 17
    The Little Man in the Green Hat 18
    Blah Blah Blah 14
    One Two Three 13
    Carpe Viam 11
    Love in the Afternoon 13
    The Moth 14
    Lost & Dungeons of the Mind 11
    The Creative Process 19
    The Truth and the Tribe 19
    The Long Wait. 19
    Feathers 26
    The Arrow 14
    Take Two Cialis and Call Me in the Morning 26
    Ghostly Images 16
    Friends 11
    Angels Without Wings 20
    The Rider 16
    Pride and Shame 18
    The Winning Poet is.... 21
    Memories 13
    Politicians 67
    Your Mailbox Is Empty 18
    God's Visit 17
    Poets and Poems 20
    Love Thy Neighbor 13
    Renewal 8
    The Roar of Silence 17
    Blessed Are These Days 4
    Time and Space 5
    Life's Journey 8
    Gift To The Fallen 16
    Hunger 21
    The Antique Shop 30