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I scattered your ashes today

I scattered both your ashes today
On a high windy crag at Rame Head.
I slowly unscrewed the containers
And when I looked inside, you were dead

As I opened the lid very slowly
I could see, smell and feel your emotions
I could hear both your voices a whispering
And your spirits meandering in slow motion

I stood there, on that spot, in that moment
Expecting to be overwhelmed
With some kind of heavenly spirit
That might rise from the silvery sand

You both looked younger than I remember
Held each other tightly round the waist
Your shoulders were slightly hunched over
As you made your way to the gate.

There was a lot that I wanted to say
But the words didn’t come that day
But my head was full of emotions
I knew that you’d know what I’d say

There was white bone mixed with silver gravel
Which I threw over a granite rock
Then the wind took the rest of you
And then the ashes ran amok

Knowing soon that I have to go home
And the fact that some ash covered me
Was making me feel as if you’d never be joined
As part of you was stuck onto me

Could I have scattered them better?
Probably


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Date: 3/31/2014 3:44:00 PM
Beautifully written poem Tony. Made me quite emotional as hubby and I made wills only last yr when he was diagnosed with cancer and have decided to be scattered in a very similar place to the one you describe overlooking the sea here on the Isle of man. hugs Jan x
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Date: 4/2/2014 1:11:00 PM
Thanks Jan. So please you like this. Tony Kirk
Date: 3/23/2014 11:37:00 AM
this was an interesting one, tony. I was trying to guess who they were. You parents? and if it was a true story or not. I have one I wrote about scattering ashes but it was just fiction. never knew anybody who was cremated but I think it is something that I would prefer to burial. well, it was nice reading your work today
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Date: 3/23/2014 11:52:00 AM
Hi, My uncle died 6 moths ago and his wife died 2 months later. It was their wish to have their ashes scattered at Rame Head in Cornwall, England. I fell on me to do the honours as I was the only member of the family left. These two were both in their 90s and totally in love. It gives me hope that love can work if you find the right person. Thanks for reading
Date: 3/21/2014 2:33:00 AM
Hi Tony! You made soulful poetry ... I love the imagery that you stood perhaps beside the seashore (for instance) and little by little you threw away the ashes of the past with the person. :) Nice.
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Date: 3/21/2014 3:04:00 AM
Thanks Elai Thanks for your kind words. Rame Head is off the Cornwall Coast which overlooks the sea. I didn't mention the sea, yet you was able to make that assumption. Brilliant and thanks Tony Kirk