Echoes of Life’s Symphony

natus        pubis      ad mortem 

Of beginnings, in betweens and endings

Shades of Love - posted

A Canon

of individual chants and tones

a rising crescendo, rhythmic beats as ancient as the earth

a counterpoint chorale

 pulling, plucking,vibrating  heart strings sounding chamber songs

dissonance a disrupting  drone

rising to glissando grazioso intermezzo

sliding, connecting graceful music

The Refrain

a medley, a chorus obbligato

A recitative, a refrain, an overture of life

an Opus Grandioso

A cappella

giving voice

The Score

a

Requiem Fine

Dad as a toddler
One of the rare photos of my father with his family. His mother died not long after she gave birth to the baby she is carrying in this photo.

A heartbroken young husband and father 

left devastated by a sudden loss

knowing not how to care for himself

let alone his little ones

a small boy, too young to understand

searches longingly for his mother

waiting for her to kneel 

with him in prayer at bedtime

*

When do I Love Thee

 Let me count the ways

                                                       *

                                                        Morning, noon and night

                                                         sunrise, sunset

                                                       *

                                                          Breakfast, lunch and dinner

                                                      snacks and supper

                                                   *

                                                              Seconds, minutes, hours

                                                         days, weeks, months and years

                                                    *

 My mother (on the right) hanging out on the roof with 2 of her sisters. She was one of 15 kids. Mum (right side) on the roof with two of her sisters in a family of 15 kids

Mum (right side) on the roof with two of her sisters in a family of 15 kids

Love and laughter

sharing a home bursting at the seams

with teeming noisy youngsters

Mother’s Father’s hands are always busy 

tending, toiling , knitting, doing

*

How do I Love Thee ?

Let me count the ways –

*

Smiling, laughing, skipping

Singing, dancing, running

*

Sobbing, crying, weeping

grieving, hurting, heart-a-aching

*

Soothing, calming, holding

nursing, caring, tending

*

In life, in death

throughout the ages

*

 

 

Pappa's funeral
My maternal grandfather’s funeral in Finland. My sister and brother front left with my parents behind them and my grandmother dressed in black with head scarf. I was deemed too young  to attend.

A family  together in love to grieve

to reminisce and share the burden

of the loss

the young, the old, the friends

the family

*

*

*

© Raili Tanska

Links to the sounds from

http://www.freesound.org

 

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20 thoughts on “Echoes of Life’s Symphony

    1. My grandfather found it very hard going he was so grief struck. I think Dad and his sisters had a tough childhood. My empathies to you, it would be difficult regardless of how many children when you lose a life partner at such a young age.

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  1. I think it is fair to say you KNEW I was going to jump up and down and dance all over the place with this post! I love what you wrote – that goes without saying you can put that in the bank – but the photos! Lucky! Lucky! Lucky! Oh I love them! Talk about Barbarella meets Babes in Toyland! Wow! that hair! LOOOOVVVVVEEEEEE this!

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    1. No, I never did KNOW that! You should have videoed your dance so I could see 🙂 Exactly what hair is it that you are taking about? There’s so much of it there – on every photo ! And *humble thanks * Candice xx

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      1. The hairstyles, so many and so glam! I just loved that and the style! Just made me so happy to see them – I love it when you post pics of your family and you. I’m one of those who really smiles a lot when I see you through the eras of your life (well, one of them at least, since you have lived many times)

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  2. and the last picture, whilst sad, and very sad the last stanza, so beautiful to know you recall, you honor, you remember, you love. I think this is yet another reason I love you because you have that HEART of yours, and it is UNIVERSAL

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