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May 18

Gone From My Sight by Henry Van Dyke

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A poem about death and the transition, Gone From My Sight was written by Henry Van Dyke.  Poem is read aloud by Justin Germino.

Gone From My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,

hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me — not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,”
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

And that is dying…

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  • http://www.speakingoflove.net sally brown

    Wow! A powerful poem. I really like it. How did you do the audio? I’ve been wanting to do that. Sally

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Justin Germino

      I use free audio recording software Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/ and my USB mic, then I use Blubrry Powerpress WordPress plugin to host the audio, though it is a little bit more configuration and work than you may be comfortable with, involves FTP uploading the mp3 file and then using shortcode.

      You could use Soundcloud for free, I sometimes use this and it does direct recording and you can embed the widget code like you would for an ad or a giveaway https://soundcloud.com/ it just has a limit of 20 hours or so on the free plan, but poems don’t take up much could probably get 300+ poems on the free plan recorded if not more.

      • http://www.speakingoflove.net sally brown

        Thanks Justin. I will check this out! So nice to have someone like you i’n the know!’ Sally