Tuesday, September 15, 2020

I Am

“No one is finally dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away, until the clock wound up winds down, until the wine she made has finished its ferment, until the crop they planted is harvested. The span of someone’s life is only the core of their actual existence.” – Terry Pratchett

If you’ve read me for a while, you might’ve noticed that I’ve shared the quote above more times than it’s probably decent. I can’t help itwhenever the topic of “last words” enters the conversation, that particular bit of Pratchett wisdom finds its way into my skull. So... when Rosemary asked for writing which considered what our final message to the world would be, the quote spilled into my muse’s ink and inspired her to stitch the following American Sentence:


Weep—when goodbye hurts—but remember I lived and loved, therefore I am.

another wee note

- while I was searching for the wee poem, I found myself wishing the page had contained the word “wrote” instead of “loved”. Then, after I was done, I was glad that it didn’t. For I thought, Yes, “I lived and wrote” would’ve been cool. But “I lived and loved (to laugh, to run, to cook, to garden, to write, to read, to love…) is accurate.

- for Poets and Storytellers United (Weekly Scribblings #37: Last Messages)

39 comments:

  1. I love anything Terry Pratchett, particularly this quote. I crazy-love that wonderful black skull of word-stitching. And above all, I love your splendid, powerful American sentence. (And you are right, in that 'love' is much stronger, fuller and richer than 'wrote'; and that 'wrote', although very good too, is encompassed in 'love'.)

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  2. Yes, "loved" is a much more all-encompassing word for a life well-lived!

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  3. That was, is and will ever be the perfect sentence to end on (though I expect you to write many more sentences before that day comes) XXX

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    1. Our expectations are in agreement, my beloved Gina.

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  4. The Terry Pratchett quote is inspirational, and I can read it over and over again. An American sentence is perfect for last words, and yours are perfect, Magaly.

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  5. Writing, after all, is an act of love. <3

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  6. this made me cry...
    love & blessings
    ~*~

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  7. I've missed you. I can never find you on FB either anymore.

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    1. I haven't used my Facebook profile in over a year. I've been thinking about going back this October. Mostly because I miss some friends--you included. It's so good to read you here.

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  8. No one can say that poets and writers like us did not send last messages with all the words we have written and talked about ourselves and the world we know for the last few years. Tapping the keys has been one of my most rewarding pastimes ever.

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  9. BLAMMO! Could not be shorter or more real: you WILL live on.
    Great stuff, MG

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  10. I love the perfection of that sentence and how it really does capture all the Magaly-ness.

    Terry Pratchett is also a genius. LOL, my Darling Eldest and I were just talking about how his words still impacted us.

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    1. Oooh! I can't wait to hear which book you guys have been discussing.

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  11. Nicely done with that Terry Patchett quote and your American Sentence which i am still to write a good one

    "Weep—when goodbye hurts—but remember I lived and loved, therefore I am."

    The above is striking i would luv to include it in my Series of October quotes at Facebook

    Much💛love

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    1. Thank you, Gillena. I am very glad you like it. You have my permission to share it.

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  12. May I have permission to save this image, create magnet art for my refrigerator?
    Please? I will make one for you as well ... address can be emailed to me. XXOO

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  13. I have a thin stapled together collection of poems given to me by the son of my deceased friend. Will my friend die when I pass?
    I once saw a zombie tree fall from sight. It went straight down, collapsing onto itself.
    ..

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    1. I believe your friend will always live... in the words, especially if you share them with others.

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  14. Incredibly lovely ... I left a comment for you but fear it may have gotten lost in cyberspace’s vastness. In it I asked for your consent to copy the art and make two 4”x4” photo magnets, one for me and one for you. If you say yes I will need your mailing address. My email is
    hdwoonie23@gmail.com

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    1. Apologies, Helen. I was spending some time with my boy--our first hug since the beginning of the pandemic--so I didn't accessed Blogger in a couple of days. I shall message you shortly.

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  15. Yes, YOU ARE! And what fitting last words, they capture and embody you. I really love what you did with those stitches. Of course, you already know that I'm a big fan of your stitched art. <3

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    1. And so are you! Also, your words have me grinning from ear to ear.

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  16. Love that quote! Your stitched art is amazing, as is your message.

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  17. I love this and I love that you used the word Loved! Big Hugs!

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