Death and Life

Great White Egret (2)

I posted this poem follow the death of my wife’s Uncle David, two years ago in September. We traveled to Pennsylvania and enjoyed our interactions with family members we had not scene in a long time. Following the funeral, we traveled around the community where here father’s family lived. This included visiting the Snavely Mill, that was once owned by her great grandfather. At the mill we encountered a beautiful Great White Egret that lived near the millpond! I thought it would be good to repost this memory once again for you to enjoy.

Mourning the loss of an uncle today
Everyone gathered to say goodbye
A sad occasion yet a celebration of life
Reviewing a life well lived and too soon gone
A reunion of sorts where the family gathers
Not only to say goodbye but to say hello
Many years of disconnect come together
Childhood cousins now grown break bread
Speak of their Uncle with stories to tell of their own
Following the funeral a long ride in the country
Enjoying corn fields and bubbling creeks
Looking for pieces of history finding some
At Great Grandpa’s millpond next to the Snavely Mill
A beautiful gift rises into the air
A Great White Egret with spreading wings
A reminder that along with history and reconnections
Life goes on
Life is beautiful
Life is still worth living

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth

The Great White Egret

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Great White Egrets are partially migrating birds, nesting in Northern areas and migrating South to warmer areas of the country for winter. Today Frank Tassone asked us to write a Haikai piece about migrating birds. This bird spends it’s summers nesting on Hammer Creek in Pennsylvania near the Snavely Mill. As cold weather comes on it moves to warmer areas till Spring.

Gorgeous white egret

Spends summers on Hammer Creek

Winters on bayou

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Photos: Dwight L. Roth