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Seven Pounds - by: Linda Law
by Linda Law
Monday, December 08, 2008
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When cremation is complete...they say that the ashes usually range between five to seven pounds for men and women.

Seven Pounds

by:  Linda Law


How does one measure a life?

Is it with the goodness that you gave

Or the times when you felt the failures

Those times when you brought smiles

Never stopping long enough to enjoy

Giving hope, inspiration, and love to all

Wonder if you ever knew how empty 

The world would be without you in it

Laughing, never giving up, not even once

Then there were the times when you insisted

That the kids would never be without you

Or that you could not live without me

Those tender moments when your eyes

Met mine, when no words could explain

It was as if we were not two, always one

I was so naive, a fool, never dreamed you

Would leave...Not you! You were invincible

Yet, you smiled at me and said, I love you

How easily those words came, actions too

Then I left for a moment, in the blink of an eye

You were gone.  Life was gone. Life is black.

Six feet three inches, two hundred twenty

Just turned fifty five, still so filled with hope

Ashes you requested, Ashes you remain

Seven Pounds they said, poured into bronze

The sum of life ... one made of solid gold

Who knew you would not be there to grow old

Seven pounds of solid love, unbreakable

Untouchable, and yet, I am not ready

Cannot let for now I keep you near

If I let these Seven pounds go...I may not live

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Reviewed by Sophia Choudhury 5/28/2010
Linda---please accept this hug from halfway across the world---i have just visited places down deep in your heart----can feel the pain-----and the admiration----yes as of now you cannot let go----do not know if ever the time comes---
take care
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 5/1/2009

Utterly heart touching.
Pristine descriptions and completely in your face write.
One would never know exactly how this feels unless experienced, however through this write of "Seven Pounds-by Linda Law" it totally explains it all not to me ntion gives you the inner feelings experienced.
Linda, you have really poured so much into this write.

Wishing you peace and lots of love,

Reviewed by Regina Pounds 4/30/2009
ah, Linda! I'm so sorry for your loss and the grieving you must go through. So much is incomprhensible to'll know when the time is right to let go..meanwhile, your poetry touches many chip away with your writing at the aloneness someone who accutely feels personal loss

Thank you
Reviewed by Jerry Engler 1/1/2009
The analogy to seven pounds is a wonderful piece of writing, but so close to the heart it endears beyond that. Peace, love and faith to you, Linda....Jerry
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 12/21/2008
I am sorrowed inside your heart for you & with you expressing
this grave loss...Your words are beautifully poetic, speaking straight from the emotional voice of your heart's soul...I feel the anguish of "Seven Pounds"....the finality of it all is very heavy...
My Heart Embraces You Den Sister With Tears
May The Love of Healing Measures Bless & Encompass Your Heart To Mend

Reviewed by Denise Edwards 12/20/2008
Linda, this is so special, so deeply felt.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 12/15/2008
Linda, one of the things that I enjoy about your work is that it comes directly from your heart.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 12/13/2008
Sometimes this world makes us forget to live life, Linda. A very meaningful and expressive write; thank you for sharing it. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Bonnie May 12/11/2008
OMG Linda this is so heartwrenchingly beautiful. You love will never die for it was made in Heaven and that's where it will continue. Think of all the wonderful stories you can tell him and all the wonderful poems you wrote can be said to him. He is one lucky man...for he had you, a love that can not be measured by a scale. Love and hugs, Bonnie
Reviewed by Emile Tubiana 12/10/2008
Dear Linda, How nice reading your poem. Life is immeasurable, no one can determine its beauty and the extent of our association with life.
Everyone has to choose according to his or her God given talent what they like and please. I feel profoundly melted in the sweetness of life when I read or when I hear music. I will never be able to express this mervellous feeling the way you did. Love Emile.
Reviewed by Edwin Hurdle 12/10/2008
This is a well written poem,I enjoy reading it,take care

Reviewed by Debby & Gordon Rosenberg 12/9/2008
wow, deeply felt this piece
an excellent expression of a widows grief
Reviewed by A Serviceable Villain 12/9/2008
Hello Linda,

A lot of your inner soul reflected in this superb poem . . . thanks!!


Reviewed by Felix Perry 12/8/2008
It is often hard to accept the unacceptable when we lose someone so close to us, but we must step away and look at what life is about...and that is about living and moving on, always forward.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/8/2008

(((((HUGS))))) love and prayer - a life, reduced to birthweight - powerfully penned sadness.

Karla. *tears*
Reviewed by William Bonilla 12/8/2008
A sad write Linda
Love & peace be with you

Reviewed by Stuart McCallum 12/8/2008

There is a place in your heart reserved for your special love. When a loved one's life is cut short the beautiful memories of happier times come to the fore. Nobody can steal the tender moments you both shared.....etched in your memory forever.

Stay strong Linda, Stuart
Reviewed by Cynthia Buhain-Baello 12/8/2008
Hello Linda,

We never really let go...Love lives through ashes and mocks infinity.
A great tribute to the one you loved and still love. He knows, Linda.

Reviewed by Sandie May Angel-Joyce 12/8/2008
Oh, Linda!!! This one is soooo heartfelt!!! I wish I could say something to ease your pain and longings.

Stay well, my friend.

Sandie Angel :o(
Reviewed by 000 000 12/8/2008
I wish you comfort, there is nothing else I can say. You hang on as long as you need to..and only you will know when you can let go. And Linda...sometimes we hang on until the end.

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 12/8/2008
Such deep thoughts and emotions of all that was and all that could have been. One step at a time, though so difficult to bear....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Southern Comfort 12/8/2008
A sad but beautiful Love Offering for your Soul Mate. He is but a thought away and true love is a golden circle, never ending. HUGS! SC
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 12/8/2008
Very deep and profound write Linda!!! Interesting how it is thesame weight range, 5-7 pounds, they recmmend for a healthy new born baby!!!
Reviewed by Linda Law 12/8/2008
Thank you all for your kind words... Gib did get a 21 gun salute, and had a nice military memorial, but I kept his Urn... I've tried to stay strong and hold the tears, but it's just like so fresh, no matter what I do... just wish it would go away somehow....but yet, I would lose him forever if I do... so... I hang on... and live in another world too... We always seem to walk our lives wearing different masks... hugs to each of you... LIndalaw
Reviewed by Susan Smith 12/8/2008
I can do relate. My father-in-law, a World War II veteran, passed away on December 7th - quite appropriate - 5 years ago. We was reduced to ashes, yet buried with full military honors and a 21 gun salute.
Reviewed by George Carroll 12/8/2008
Each moment is precious as the grim reaper makes his calls when we least expect it. So sorry for your loss.
Reviewed by Cryssa C 12/8/2008
I had to laugh when I received a notice from Author's Den in my email account that "Linda Law added Seven Pounds"... hee, hee...
But...when I opened the link I was met with a somber poem about life...letting go...and holding on to those who mean the most to us. A poem that hit to the very core of my fears...that someday I might have to walk alone in this life.
A beautiful, well-composed poem... Thank you for sharing and helping us to see inside your own compassionate heart.

Cryssa :~)
Reviewed by Marcia Miller-Twiford 12/8/2008
This brought tears to my eyes Linda. My own husband's seven pounds now lay in the Veterans Cemetery in Hawaii where we lived at the time of his passing. I also selected a brass container for his remains and was given the honor of placing it in his plot during the 21-gun salute. On that last morning we had coffee together, he went on some errands, and before noon he was gone. Just pulled the car off the road and left this world. We never get over the loss, we just learn to get through it.
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