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|Date:||8/1/2014 9:30:40 AM
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|Sam Comes In His Full Pirate Captain Duds.....
He bows his head, taking off his hat and holds it in front of himself. He sniffles his tears and begins to recite to Mom Charlene & her flock these words by Henry Van Dyke:
Gone From My Sight
by Henry Van Dyke
I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side,
spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts
for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck
of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.
Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone"
Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast,
hull and spar as she was when she left my side.
And, she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.
Her diminished size is in me -- not in her.
And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone,"
there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices
ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!"
And that is dying...
Sam hugs all of Miss Punkin's flockmates and kisses her good Momma's cheek. Sam still holding his hat lifts it up for Mom Charlene to see he had put another hole in it for Punkin's lookout window when she hid under his hat on the next voyage. Alas, Miss Punkin, I cannot go with you on this voyage & adventure that you've been called to depart. But the Captain that awaits you is so much better than me & He will give you all the comfort you need.
Sam wipes his eyes as he leaves to return to his home.
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