Somewhere Very Near

It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my father. He passed shortly after my last post. The past week was spent traveling to and from Frederick, Maryland for his funeral and spending time with family.


My dad was a genius. His genius was due in part to an inordinate level of common sense, something sorely lacking in our world today. In the spirit of common sense, I’d like to offer the words of Robert Scott Holland.

Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.

Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you,
and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.

Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.

Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.

Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?

Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just around the corner.

All is well.
Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!


Go, dad!

26 thoughts on “Somewhere Very Near

  1. Liz Gauffreau

    I’m sorry to hear of the loss of your dad. Thank you for posting the poem, which I hadn’t read before. It so eloquently expresses how I’ve been trying to deal with the death of my younger brother late in 2017. I will be returning to it.

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  2. socialmediaminionandsister

    My heart broke a little when I heard the news. I’m glad you can find joy within your mourning & that the family could come together to celebrate his life.

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