Loss. People, memory, things. Jack Gilbert

A Special Fish

A Special Fish

Walking in Lincoln Park, thinking about loss, and the people I love who are going through loss, I saw this little sign along the pathway in memory of a very special fish, Arturo. The child’s printed sign also asks, please do not remove.

I remember poignant lines from Jack Gilbert’s poem.

The Lost Hotels of Paris

“The Lord gives everything and charges

by taking it back. What a bargain.

Autumn Blaze Maple

Young Autumn Blaze Maple Ready to Give Back

…It is right to mourn

for the small hotels of Paris that used to be

When we used to be.

Nest Abandoned

Nest Abandoned

…But it’s the having not the keeping that is the treasure.

Garden Courtyard

Garden Courtyard

We look up at the stars and they are

not there. We see the memory

of when they were, once upon a time.

And that too is more than enough.”

Holding the Promise of Spring

Holding the Promise

Thank you Jack Gilbert.



6 thoughts on “Loss. People, memory, things. Jack Gilbert

  1. What a poignant post and such moving photography to accompany it. The child’s sign is so touching. I wonder how long it has been there — a few weeks at least judging by its appearance. I wonder too, with hope, how many people have respected the child’s request to “please do not remove.”

    • Thanks Bryan, I took the risk with this one, not too upbeat but reflective of my heart. Your response touched my core. Love you, Adagio

  2. Love this one Adagio. You know my heart bleeds for pets. Don’t doubt your writing just feel it. I think you did on this one. Looking forward to next week.

  3. Beautiful, thank you for this post..on this week of remembrance of people and things we have lost but are still with us in our hearts and thoughts.

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