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One Circle Ended, Another Begins...
by Claywoman
Monday, July 25, 2005
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The death song of my very good friend, Arthur William Arnold, who died exactly one month after my birthday. He'd been a volunteer firefighter with the Anderson Fire Department since 1972 until he had his first leg amputated in 1999. He taught me laughter, he taught me to be silly, and he taught me to enjoy life...I will miss him deeply...

One Circle Ended Another Begins



One circle ended, another begins

This is life, this is natural

And this is painful for those left behind.


One circle ended, another begins.


I awoke someplace beautiful.

I was sleeping by a tree high in the mountains.

I could taste its fragrance.

The wood itself felt different to me.

For the first time, I could see the layers,

I could feel its life force pulsing upward to the leaves.


One circle ended, another begins.


I stood!  I marveled at this feeling!

I ran and the running was good!

I laughed and cried because I did not understand!

They are there, they are mine, as if they’d never left me!

I can smell the flowers ablaze in their glory!

I stretch my arms in the warmth of the sun!


One circle ended, another begins.


I hear a bubbling river, slow and meandering

I walk to the sound.

I see the sun dancing on the water so pure.

I drank until I had no thirst,

I laid there watching the fish rise and break the surface

I wonder…


One circle ended, another begins.


I see an eagle flying so high, beckoning me,

I close my eyes and feel myself rising to the sun.

The eagle asks me to open them and look around.

I see a wolf following us on the ground.

I see the mountains I love so much!

I see this wondrous land so pure, so sweet.


One circle ended, another begins.


I hear a sound in the distance and see the puffs of its steam.

I know just around the corner is what I’ve truly missed, my train.

I see the steam like billowing little clouds.

I see the engine coming at me and I fly with the sight of peace.

I once again land, the wolf beside me.

The deer have no fear, either do I.


Once circle ended, another begins.


I turn around and I hear soft crying.

I see my friends, I see my sister, I see those who love me crying.

Can you not see me?

Is there anyone who cannot?

Do not cry for me, for I am whole and happy!

Do not mourn for I pain no more!

I am with the land I love and I see others in the distance,

Welcoming me home!


One circle ended, another begins….

Think of me with laughter,

Think of my life with joy,

I will always be with you,

I will always be with you…

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Reviewed by John Hutchinson 8/27/2007
Another beautiful work my friend. I revelled in the imagery!
Reviewed by Miller Caldwell 7/11/2007
This poem is the essence of life. Nature at its best. Thoughts of our creation and its life. What a great start in life to be so near to nature and the right place to be as life ends.
Magical poem.
Reviewed by Pier Tyler 4/20/2007
This poem is deep, it's essence is life and living it here and beyond. What joy to know that one will always be with us. Thanks for sharing this magnificent write.
Reviewed by Emma Willey 3/3/2006
Very good poem, Claywoman! I am writing poetry lately so I enjoy what others write, and you say it very well!! Thanks Emma
Reviewed by Retta (Reindeer) Mckenzie 8/1/2005
Oh how very beautiful, a lovely tribute, this is excellent and so very caring,

Reviewed by Joseph* OneLight*® 7/30/2005
This is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!

Fruit is born of the blossom,
The blossom springs forth from the tree,
The tree is birthed from the seed,
The seed is New Life within the fruit’s womb
Thus the Circle of Life is eternal ...

Love & Light,
Reviewed by jude forese 7/26/2005
"my words are but dust but my spirit is with you" ... sorry for you loss ...
Reviewed by Erin Kelly-Moen 7/25/2005
A wonderful, reviving, peaceful awakening, Clay, for Arthur William Arnold, for his spirit, for his soul.

I believe we will all experience this type of 'conversion' from one plane to the next, each in our own way, when our flesh dies, freeing our souls.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/25/2005

I, too, express my deepest sympathies on your loss. One circle ended brought about a most moving, beautiful tribute in his honor--thank you.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/25/2005
i am sorry for your loss, claywoman; so nice to see you here! beautiful tribute to a special friend; very well done! brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in tx., karen lynn. :( >tears <

you are in my prayers; please accept my deepest sympathies on your loss! god be with you during this time of mourning and sadness~
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/25/2005
Most excelent tribute write Clay!!

SOrry to read about your loss!!

Love Tinka
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