I was just cleaning out some years-old emails when my eye caught one from a friend who suddenly passed away some time ago. I stopped to open the message and am glad I did:
By Dinah Maria Mulock Craik
Oh, the comfort— the inexpressible comfort
of feeling safe with a person,
Having neither to weigh thoughts,
Nor measure words— but pouring them
All right out— just as they are—
Chaff and grain together—
Certain that a faithful hand will
Take and sift them—
Keep what is worth keeping—
And with the breath of kindness
Blow the rest away.
May I always be the kind of friend who keeps what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness blows away the rest.
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I agree. Thank you for your feedback, Joanne.
that’s beautiful, russ and i have no doubt that you are that kind of friend –
Thank you for being that kind of friend to me, Beth.
Russ, this is beautifully expressed. Do you think it would be permissible to share her poem, with credits? It really moved me.
I agree her poem is indeed beautifully expressed. I’m no trademark lawyer and this isn’t legal advice but my decision was to share her poem with credits for non-commercial purposes on a not-for-profit site (this one.)