Tread Lightly

7:50 am

Tread Lightly, originally uploaded by indiaeden.


by: Oscar Wilde

Tread lightly, she is near
Under the snow,
Speak gently, she can hear
The daisies grow.

All her bright golden hair
Tarnished with rust,
She that was young and fair
Fallen to dust.

Lily-like, white as snow,
She hardly knew
She was a woman, so
Sweetly she grew.

Coffin-board, heavy stone,
Lie on her breast,
I vex my heart alone,
She is at rest.

Peace, peace, she cannot hear
Lyre or sonnet,
All my life's buried here,
Heap earth upon it.

Florence's headstone was laid on Friday.
This poem was going round and round in my head after Florence died, so we chose a passage from it for her stone.
I feel peace that it's now laid, and I'm happy with the simplicity of it.

Sometimes I find myself at the cemetery feeling all sorts of emotions. Yesterday I was grinning so hard when I saw the grave next door but one to Florence. The grave is of an older gentleman, obviously much loved by a large family. His plot is always very decorated. Yesterday his family had decorated his whole plot with fake snow, a large decorated Christmas tree, and even snowmen!
We have been considering a small conifer with solar powered fairy lights for Florence, but nothing so elaborate. It was a bit tacky I guess, but lovely to see he was so loved, and certainly made me smile.

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  1. Florence's stone is just beautiful. The poem is so lovely. Sad and lovely. (((Hugs)))

  2. This is a beautiful tribute to your little girl.

  3. Florence's headstone is beautiful :o)
    All the flowers look lovely too....

  4. Oh Jeanette, it is BEAUTIFUL. xx

  5. Florence's headstone is beautiful, as is the poem and I think the line you have chosen from it is the most beautiful of them all.

    I had to smile at your description of Florence's neighbour's decorations. All these things, they are done out of love. xo

  6. :(

    I found the link to your blog via the giveaway.

    My daughter died July 22, 2005, so 4 years to the day prior to your daughter.

    I'm very sorry for your loss. :(

  7. Beautiful. Your neighbours sound Shameless in the most fabulous way ;)
    Much Love xxx

  8. Anonymous7:14 pm

    sometime the simplest things are the most beautiful. and I think this is very beautiful

  9. beautiful poem and the headstone is lovely :)

  10. Thank you so much for sharing Florences beautiful headstone and for sharing about the decorated grave, it made me smile too x

  11. beautiful words and a beautiful stone to honor your beautiful girl, sweet Florence.

  12. Florence's stone is just beautiful...the part of the poem you put on it is so touching...
    Have a good week..

  13. It's beautiful :) xxx

  14. I have been trying to think of something to say as a comment that would properly express how I feel, but I am at a total loss. All I can say is that it is beautiful. Simple, peaceful and heartbreaking. Thank you so much for sharing the picture! The wind chime just brought me to tears, but also made me smile. Hugs and Kisses for you all

  15. what a beautiful poem and headstone - a comfort to you all in these days. Glad that someone elses festive attire brought a smile. We all need a glimmer of light in the darkness.

  16. Very simple and very beautiful. I like the idea of the little conifer for Florence as well.

  17. The stone and the poem are both beautiful.

  18. it really is beautiful, e*

  19. beautiful, just lovely, the words and the stone. Love to you all xx


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