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Monday, December 15, 2008

Zachary William Palmer

Zachary William Palmer

He died March 3rd 2000

Washington state

Gone from my sight

I am standing upon the seashore. Before me, a ship spreads white sails to the ocean.

An object of beauty and strength.

I stand and watch until at length the ship 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: “He is gone!”

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. The diminished size of the ship is only my perception.

And just at the moment when someone at my side says: “He is gone! He is gone!”

There are other eyes watching the ship come nearer, other voices ready to take up the glad shout:

“Here he comes! Here he comes!”

And that is death.

-Henry Vandyke-

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