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Below is the poem entitled Ashes which was written by poet Richard Lamoureux. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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Everywhere she went
She sprinkled some ashes
Leaving a part of him
Releasing a bit more of the sadness
lessening that ache
Celebrating him
Remembering his goodness

I was not everywhere
Still I took part in the ritual
Released a bit of my own sadness
Held back some tears
Celebrated his goodness

His ashes sprinkled in a family orchard
At the base of a tree
A place of beauty
Spectacular like his soul
Off the end of a dock on lake Okanagan
Oh how he loved the beach
He wished to play along the waters edge
Like the big kid he was
Even though he didn't know how to swim
Still his ashes floated with ease
Now he has no limitations
I left a bit of him on a sailboat
So he can be carried to new places
He loved to travel

His ashes came with us to Italy
Allowing him to be part of our adventure
I laughed when my mom told me
She left part of him in the Vatican 
She was gleeful
My mom the rebel
Playful and brave
One of the many reasons he loved her so
He was with us in Florence
A part of him there along ancient streets
In vineyards
Quaint villages

We traveled to the Amalfi Coast
Along winding roads
More like a donkey path than a highway
Mom in the backseat saying oh shit
Not usually one to swear
Bob's ashes in her pocket
I don't know if she thought of him then
Later she remembered their time in Greece 
He was never far from her mind

Somehow this ritual
Made me smile
It is added to my memory
Allowing me to be thankful for Bob
For mom
For a life well lived
For a love well loved
A soulmate celebrated

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  1. Date: 7/17/2015 11:24:00 AM
    Dear Richard, Thank you for bringing me here to read this beautiful heartfelt tribute and celebration of life. it touched me deeply.. I wrote a tribute to my father entitled : In the Autumn of My Life which won my third Poetry Soup International award. It will be 12 years in August since his passing, but I still miss him everyday. Elaine

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 7/19/2015 7:06:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks for checking it out. I will look up your poem.
  1. Date: 9/29/2013 7:01:00 PM
    10 out of 10 on this moving poem Richard. I wonder if it was inspired by a real life trip.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 9/29/2013 8:53:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Yes Wayne, almost a year ago.
  1. Date: 9/22/2013 8:16:00 AM
    Thanks for all the kind comments, I'm having trouble keeping up but I read and appreciate all your comments.

  1. Date: 9/22/2013 6:23:00 AM
    Such a sad, tender and uplifting tribute.

  1. Date: 9/14/2013 8:00:00 PM
    Very moving Rick, thank you for taking me along, a sad yet joyous ride. Take care, Richard

  1. Date: 9/13/2013 9:27:00 AM
    Soupmail :)

  1. Date: 9/12/2013 3:42:00 PM
    This is a wonderful poem. I can relate to it. I still have my late husband's Ashes. Thanks for sharing this with us. ... Lucilla

  1. Date: 9/12/2013 10:00:00 AM
    Loved this piece, rich of flavours :) I've captivated by the title though :), and finally the content is never disapointing :) happy belated b'day Rick :) wishing you all the best :D hug, yanny

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 9/12/2013 4:15:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks so much Yanny. Hugs Rick
  1. Date: 9/11/2013 2:23:00 PM

  1. Date: 9/10/2013 2:13:00 PM
    i read the opening verse and the feeling of longing grows with my own breath... and becomes personal in how you invite us to be part of your experience. the last lines are sentimentally ingrained, i can so relate, rich.. beautiful work.!..:) huggs

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 9/10/2013 2:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Nette, your kind thoughts mean a lot to me.
  1. Date: 9/10/2013 12:05:00 PM
    A touching piece, Richard. I'm glad you could smile through the tears. Bless you and your Mama....My heart is heavy with remembrances of my Mama...Ahhhhhhhhh..What a tough contest....I don't know if I can or want to join this....too hard. Take care

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 9/10/2013 1:22:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Not for a contest, it just came to me this morning.
  1. Date: 9/10/2013 10:37:00 AM
    SIgh...damn, Richard. This hit me hard. A wonderful take on the reflections of love & death.

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 9/10/2013 1:23:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    The greatest compliment, a Drake damn! Thanks Drake.
  1. Date: 9/10/2013 10:15:00 AM
    Good afternoon Richard, Beautiful write. I feel the emotion in your work, always a delight reading your poetry...Linda

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 9/10/2013 1:24:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Linda, that is a very nice thing to say. Have a great day Linda.
  1. Date: 9/10/2013 7:46:00 AM
    I will fav this Richard, it is a poem that touches the heart in many different places, you are indispensable here at poetry soup, I hope you know that, there I said it, I've been wanting to say that for a while, just couldn't find the words, well that was easy, have a blessed day, the kind that's truly blessed by the one who first formed you in your mother's womb, let's celebrate your life, lovely man, xxx

    Lamoureux Avatar Richard Lamoureux
    Date: 9/10/2013 8:20:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Rose, you have blessed me with your kind words. Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou!