Monday, December 15, 2014

Innocence lost and found

It was 1972. I was in Grade 12. While taking my English 12 course, I had discovered, and fallen in love with, the poetry of William Blake.

That December I also learned that my father was dying of cancer.

I was 17.

This was my Christmas present that year:



This was the inscription inside the front cover:



That inscription has carried me all these years.

Unconditional love.

I have often thought that one day I will have it tattooed under the hummingbird on my right shoulder.

It is already tattooed on my heart.



Auguries of Innocence

To See a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a wild flower
To hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour.

William Blake

4 comments:

  1. What a lovely gift, and the message is beautiful too. God bless our Dads.

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  2. He left you a beautiful legacy; not only the quote, but the poems as well; they will always remind you of him, as does Ionesco's Macbett reminds me of my dear late auntie

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  3. Just beautiful. Thank you for sharing something so precious and personal.
    My dad died some 30 years ago. I don't have anything like your gorgeous gift to remember him by. So a few years back I asked Mum if she would give me my favourite photo of Dad for Christmas. He's boarding a canal taxi in Amsterdam back in 1967. I have always loved the pic and Mum does not have any photos of Dad on view. They're all in a box atop her wardrobe.
    I was really quite hurt and upset when she had a copy of the photo made and framed ... and also had one done for my brother... and put the original back in the box never to be seen again. I understand that she thought she was being fair to my brother by not giving me the original, but somehow, although I have hung the photo where I pass it and speak to Dad 20 times a day, it doesn't mean as much as if it was the actual image he brought back with him from that trip. Silly of me? Probably. Maybe I should blog it out.

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    1. It is not silly of you. I don't now why people do what they do, but you are entitled to your feelings of hurt. Blogging does help, at least for me. I find it interesting how much you and I have in common......I would love to see the picture if you do blog about it. ]

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