Crossing the Bar

Sunset and evening star,
      And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
      When I put out to sea,
   But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
      Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
      Turns again home.
   Twilight and evening bell,
      And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
      When I embark;
   For tho’ from out our bourne of Time and Place
      The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
      When I have crost the bar.
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson
For many years I’ve known that my father wanted this read at his memorial service.  On Sunday, it will be.

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16 Comments

  1. Nadine
    Posted November 30, 2017 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    Thinking of you.

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  2. Vani Shyam
    Posted November 30, 2017 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Oh No! Its just a few days ago that I read about your father-in-law. Too much grief 🙁
    May God give you all the strength to bear the loss, Lindsey.

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  3. Posted November 30, 2017 at 7:24 am | Permalink

    I’m so sorry for your loss. What a year you’ve had. May your father’s memory be for a blessing.

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  4. Jessica
    Posted November 30, 2017 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    I am so very, very sorry for your tremendous loss … wishing you and your entire family strength and comfort as you gather. It was impossible to miss in your writing his impact on your life. I’m so sorry.

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  5. Posted November 30, 2017 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    So, so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and hugs your way.

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  6. Posted November 30, 2017 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    Beautiful. You are on my mind. Sending you love and strength. xoxo

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  7. Sally Willits
    Posted November 30, 2017 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I love this poem

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  8. Matt M
    Posted November 30, 2017 at 11:35 am | Permalink

    Peace to you in this time.

    It’s so heavy.

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  9. Posted November 30, 2017 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

    This is beautiful. Thinking of you all as I have been all week.

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  10. Posted November 30, 2017 at 4:17 pm | Permalink

    Thinking of you and yours this week. xo

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  11. Laurie Keena
    Posted December 1, 2017 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    My thoughts will be with you and your family. Your father will always be with you…it’s just the way fathers are.

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  12. Posted December 1, 2017 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    I am truly sorry for your loss. May God gives you and the family strength through this period.
    Love
    vani

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  13. Ari
    Posted December 2, 2017 at 5:34 am | Permalink

    I am so sorry for the loss of your father. May your father Rest In Peace. May your family find the peace and strength during this difficult time. Your father’s light will be shining on you forever.

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  14. Elizabeth
    Posted December 2, 2017 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Lindsey, I am so sorry for the dual losses of both your father and your father-in-law, so close together, especially around the holidays. As you may recall, my mother died on Thanksgiving, and experiencing a loss during this season has a different layer of freight associated with it. It’s a beautiful poem. I’m wishing you peace during these most difficult days ahead of you.

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  15. Posted December 3, 2017 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Keeping you and yours in my prayers.

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  16. Amy
    Posted December 4, 2017 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    What a beautiful poem. Sending so much love and strength to you and your family. I’m sorry you have to endure another loss this year. xxx

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