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Gone From My Sight Poem

By Luther F. Beecher

“Gone From My Sight,” also known as the “Parable of Immortality” and “What Is Dying” is a poem presumably written by the Rev. Luther F. Beecher, cousin of Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

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I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says, “There, she is gone.”

Gone where?

Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me — not in her.

And, just at the moment when someone says, “There, she is gone,”
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, “Here she comes!”

And that is dying…

Poem TitleGone From My Sight
Poem Writer / AuthorLuther F. Beecher
PublisherBarbara Karnes Books, Inc
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