Sunday, 8 January 2012

Stop All The Clocks...For Alistair

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_a-eXIoyYA

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Alistair, our brother in law, who was suddenly taken ill, with Legionnaires’ Disease on New Years Day, lost his fight early this morning. Alistair came from Stornoway, Scotland. This poem always touched him.

51 comments:

  1. That is so terribly sad. I am very sorry for your loss.
    That poem is one of my favourites and I can feel a tear coming to my eye and can hear it being read in a beautiful Scottish voice.

    My thoughts are with you and your family at this terrible time.
    Jakix

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  2. Lyn I am so sorry to read of your sad and sudden loss, you must all be devastated
    I'll be thinking of you and am sending you hugs

    Jackie x

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  3. What a touching poem! I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you and your family.
    God Bless.
    Barb

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  4. My heartfelt sympathies to you and your family..
    Lovely moving poem...

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  5. Hi hun
    so sorry for your loss, a great poem, says it all really, hugs, sue,x

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  6. Oh Lyn, no words, but am thinking about you and yours, hugs and lots of sympathy at your loss. Heidi x

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  7. aww so sad...sending u all my love xxxx

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  8. I'm so sorry for your sudden, unexpected loss :( Sending sincere sympathy and {{hugs}}

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  9. Oh Lyn Im so sorry my love, Im sure you are going to miss him, but it sounds as though youve got lots of lovely memories of him. My heart and hugs go out to you. hugs Shirleyxxx

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  10. Just catching up on posts - so so sorry for your loss my thoughts are with you xx

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  11. It's just so sad to lose someone so suddenly and especially at this time of year. It's a beautiful poem. Sending you hugs.

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  12. Sending sympathy, thoughts, and prayers to you and your family. So sorry for your loss.

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  13. I'm so sorry for your loss. It is always hard to lose someone close to you. I hope that all your good memories will help you get through this difficult time. : (

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  14. Lovely poem, thanks for sharing - sorry to hear of your loss. Looks like I picked a poor day to stumble across your blog! I do like the piece at the very top of your home page. May that be a tad of good news for you...

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  15. I'm so sorry for your loss. Hugs to you and your family.

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  16. I am sorry for your loss. Sending you lots of love and hugs.
    Michaela xx

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  17. So sorry to hear that Lyn. It's always so hard to lose someone suddenly. That poem is very moving - you're in my thoughts.
    (((hugs)))

    Sheena
    xxx

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  18. Sending sympathy and prayers.

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  19. So sorry to hear the news. May God comfort and give you peace

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  20. I'm so sorry for your loss.

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  21. So sorry for your loss Lyn, my thoughts are with you and yours.

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  22. So sorry for your loss.

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  23. So sorry for your loss. Praying for your family.

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  24. I am so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for your family. Norma W

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  25. Lyn, so sorry for your loss and know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. May God Bless You and keep you in his loving hands.

    Silverbutterfly

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  26. So Sorry to hear this. There is nothing worse than lossing someone. I will be thinking of you and your family.

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  27. Hello lyn have only just seen your post. I am so sorry to read of your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Anne x

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  28. I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers with you and your family.

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  29. So sorry for you loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs.

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  30. Evening Lyn,
    How very sad ! What a terrible way to start the new year.Just letting you though that my thoughts are with you and all the family.
    Sending hugs from across the miles..
    hugs
    susan xxx

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  31. I'm so very, very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are sent your way.

    Hugs,
    Sonya

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  32. hi

    i am very sorry fer ur loss. its very hard to loose a loved one. you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    hugs
    Alyna

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  33. Oh Lyn, I'm so very, very sorry and sad to hear your news. Thinking of you loads and sending hugs. Di xx

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  34. I am so sorry to hear this sad news, Lyn. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time.

    God bless.

    Love Joan xx

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  35. Sorry for your lost

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  36. I am so sorry for your loss. Sending thoughts and prayers.

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  37. Beautiful, but sad poem. My thoughts are with you and your family. Edwina Brown

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  38. You all are in our thoughts and prayers, May God Bless you.

    Silverbutterfly

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  39. I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sure it was a difficult illness, which makes everything that much more difficult. My prayers are with you and your family.

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  40. I am so sorry for your loss, thinking of you.....Kim

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  41. Oh Lyn, what a shock it must have been for you and your family. Nothing anyone says can take away the pain you are feeling at this time, but just to let you know I am thinking of you all.

    Lesley

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  42. My deepest sympathies to you and all of your family

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  43. My thoughts and sympathies are with you. Hugs x

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  44. I'm so sorry to hear this Lynn, thinking of you. And I must admit it did not just touch him. I've got a sore throat from trying to hold back the tears. It's a fabulous poem and will mean a lot to a lot of people in a similar situation.

    As said thinking of you and take all the time you need to find your way back! Take care!

    Love,

    Jo.

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  45. Hi Lyn, I'm so sorry for your loss, I haven't been along for a while and just popped by to see how you were. Thinking of you and your family, Hugs Gay xxx

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  46. Your in my thoughts Lyn,
    and what a very moving poem
    Lots Hugs
    Sarah x

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