Funeral Blues

I thought I’d share WH Auden’s famous words of grief this morning.

Funeral Blues

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crêpe bows round the white necks of the public
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

~by WH Auden

Relevant to funeral blues, Bryan’s colleagues and friends are graciously hosting a celebration of life service for him in Anchorage, where he spent most of his life. It’ll be next weekend, Sunday, April 5, from 2-4pm, at the Petroleum club. The boys and I, as well as his parents and sister’s family, will be there. I’m looking forward to hearing folks’ memories of Bryan.

4 Responses to “Funeral Blues”

  1. Vince Says:

    Although I only knew Bryan through the comments he made here and what you’ve said about him, it’s obvious to me that this may best sum up who he was:

    To laugh often and love much, to win the respect of intelligent persons and the affection of children; to earn the approbation of honest critics; to appreciate beauty; to give of one’s self; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived – that is to have succeeded. – Harry Emerson Fosdick

    Your friends grieve with you, and we are here for you.

  2. Holy Says:

    I see flights are backed up a bit in Anchorage – hopefully that will ease up and that volcano will stop blowing its ashes to ashes…it mourns, too.

  3. Beast Mom Says:

    I hope the service in Anchorage is a meaningful time w/ friends and family. The service here certainly was.

    Thanks for sharing the Auden piece. Reminds me of when I read J. Didion’s book last year.


  4. Becca Says:

    I hope that you meet lots of people who share the love of Bryan with you in your time of loss and you come back with lots of new friends to help your heart heal.