Wednesday, 2 December 2020

BEAUTIFUL POEM

 I found an old Ipod yesterday.  I think it must have belonged to Tom Grandson when he lived here.

I charged it up and found that it still works,  although a lot of the music was not to my liking I was moved to find this poem by Pam Ayres on it.

It spoke volumes to me about how he must have been thinking when he was just a teenager.
Thoughts of death must have been on his mind to put this on his Ipod and this is the thing with teenagers, you never quite know what is on their minds do you.



Don't lay me in some gloomy churchyard shaded by a wall
Where the dust of ancient bones has spread a dryness over all.
Lay me in some leafy loam where, sheltered from the cold, 
Little seeds investigate and tender leaves unfold.
There kindly and affectionately plant a native tree
To grow resplendent before God and hold some part of me.
The roots will not disturb me as they wend their peaceful way
To build the fine and bountiful from closure and decay,
To seek their small requirements so that when their work is done
I'll be tall and standing strongly in the beauty of the sun.

I think it is just beautiful and love it.
No need to feel gloomy over death, it comes to us all and the thought of being tangled up in tree roots and becoming part of a tree appeals to me, although it will have to be ashes in my case, lol
I'm sure a tree would make some use of my ashes as there will be quite a lot. lol
Briony
x

14 comments:

  1. Wonderful poem. Pam Ayers is a better poet than critics often realise. If you are planning to fertilise a tree after you cremation, best not make it an ash tree! There's die-back disease around.

    If Young Tom was feeling that way, you and Old Tom deserve even more kudos for helping him through those times of secret agony.

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    1. This is the trouble with teenagers, they don't give up their worries easily. I found out recently that my youngest son was bullied when he was in Secondary School, I had no idea, he kept it from me and only told me when he got to 49 years old.

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  2. it is beautiful and I have never seen this poem before. i love the idea of ashes under a newly planted tree, and I think instead of filling the land with coffins that might be a way to have a tree cemetery. still laughing about the lot of ashes.. about the turkey dinner and the turkey you got. while i was fussing over cooking all that food i kept thinking there are so many millions of people hungry and no way to find someone that would love to have that food for their family. we have much more food that we need but in our neighborhood i am betting there are hungry people...

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  3. That IS a great poem. Is it on the iPod being read by the poet? That's a pretty cool find. (And it perfectly captures how I feel about dying -- I like the idea of "body farms," where they just lay you out on the ground and let nature take its course!)

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  4. Hi Steve, yes she was reading it on the ipod and it's much better listening to it than reading it. I have looked for it on youtube etc but can't find it, not sure where he got it from. If you find it, let me know.
    x

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  5. That brought tears - a friend lost her teenage daughter to suicide a few years back and they buried her in a nature burial place (no coffin, just a shroud) in a forest at our local sustainability centre. A strong and beautiful sapling marks her place in the word now, just as Pam Ayres has painted it.

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    1. Isn't it beautiful. sorry for making you sad. I can see why some young people don't want to live on earth any more, its very sad for them all isn't it.

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  6. I’ve always said I want to be buried under a tree. The poem is right up my street, thanks for sharing it.

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  7. That is beautiful. What a lovely sensitive soul to have written it. x

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  8. I love Pam Ayres, we had one of her poems at our wedding many years ago!

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  9. I think more people are looking for natural burials. My eldest boy has voiced that same wish. It's only recently that I learned how toxic the embalming process is. Serves no purpose to the earth so why do we keep doing it?

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