Ian Oliver funeral Celebrant

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I bring the words for the departed and the dead

I bring the words to say who he was, what he did,

and what he said

 

I bring the words

with dignity, to signify their worth

words to describe a space in time,

a human lifetime from birth

 

I bring the words

I talk of times when life was new

reflected in hearts and minds

stories to keep the memories alive

 

I bring the words

I place them in order, in ways that matter,

to shattered lives, when someone dies

 

I bring the words

I give them time, words bathed in warmth and laughter,

words to hold onto forever after

 

I bring the words

spirituality for the bereaved, bereft

humility, humanity, a non-religious Christianity

 

I bring the words when there is no-one to mourn,

no-one to hear of a past glorified, no life sanctified

 

I bring the words when there are no words,

no words to heal, no words to feel we make a difference

 

I bring the words for everyone

the rich, the poor, the old ,the young

words that don’t differentiate, dying doesn’t differentiate

 

I bring the words to end the journey

to say farewell, to bid goodnight

I bring the words for life’s finale,

the words for the closing of the light                    

 

 

                                Poem written by Hilarly  Walker 2017