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Poetry Sunday: A Most Extra-Ordinary Life



A Most Extra-Ordinary Life



Though your smile fades from this place

it shines deep inside of me and all

who have known you, loved you.



Your life’s breath, extinguished here on Earth,

now a forever light that burns brighter through me,

around me and into the ethos.



I quiet to hear the faint whispers of your voice

telling of a passion for life;

your legacy I now embrace.



And I will sing your song to capture it forever;

to share it in these words, in a smile,

or a hug or a deed most kind.



As tears splash this page, they are joyful

celebrating the ordinary life of a most extra-ordinary woman~

whose greatest gift is enduring love.



©Donna Donabella 2017


This poem is a remembrance for my Aunt Mary who passed away July 3rd.  A dear friend said to me that dwelling on missing her would only bring sadness and depression….but celebrating her light would bring me solace and peace.  I liked that idea and this poem came to me the next day.  You can read my tribute post to my aunt here.


I am joining  Poets United for their Poetry Pantry linkup.  July 12th was my 3rd blog anniversary….what an amazing 3 years of creativity it has been.


The picture at the top is of my Aunt Mary with a few sweet peas, snapdragons and lavender.  The vase below is more of these same sweet flowers.



I leave you with a another image about an extra-ordinary life.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2017.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. July 16, 2017    

    Poignant and lovely. Much loved, equally missed
    A tribute she would no doubt say she didn’t deserve – and would be wrong.

    • July 16, 2017    

      Thank you. You are so very perceptive Soosie…..she would indeed feel she did not deserve such high praise.

  2. July 16, 2017    

    Lovely tribute in lyrics to your aunt! best regards! Alexa

  3. July 16, 2017    

    A moving poem – great tribute

  4. July 16, 2017    

    A beautiful tribute Donna. ‘A forever light’ in the heart core for ‘solace and peace’.

    • July 16, 2017    

      It is how I cope these days by trying to stay in that light….it is hard! Thanks Sumana.

  5. Mary Mary
    July 16, 2017    

    I like the way you have celebrated your aunt’s light. Thinking of the impact she had on you, thinking of her goodness is a positive way to deal with grief, I think. She has left you a rich legacy, and as time goes on you will treasure this poem more and more.

    • July 16, 2017    

      Thank you Mary….I believe the same and keep rereading these words when I am a bit sad.

  6. Magical Mystical Teacher Magical Mystical Teacher
    July 16, 2017    

    I like the idea of singing a loved one’s song to make it last forever.

    • July 16, 2017    

      I think that line is the most important to me as their legacy lives through that song….

  7. July 16, 2017    

    What a beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman, who knew the beauty of life and passed it on. I love the images you created…….and congrats on three wonderful years! Your aunt would want you to drink deeply and joyously of this life she loved so much.

    • July 16, 2017    

      Thank you so much Sherry…this means so much to me. And yes she would want me to ‘drink deeply and joyously of this life’….and what beautiful words to share with me! Much love!

  8. July 16, 2017    

    you have absorbed so much of your aunt that she lives forever in these lines and in your life

    • July 16, 2017    

      What a lovely thought…thank you Laura!

  9. July 16, 2017    

    Such sweet thoughts of your Aunt Mary!

  10. Bev Bev
    July 16, 2017    

    What a beautiful tribute to your much loved Aunt Mary! “Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains, as they do in the spiraling chain of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies” (~Shirley Abbott).

    • July 16, 2017    

      What a fabulous quote Bev….thanks for sharing it…..I know exactly what the author was saying and so beautifully worded.

  11. July 16, 2017    

    My condolences and thanks for sharing light and memories with us

    Happy Sunday

    Much love…

  12. July 16, 2017    

    Such a beautiful tribute!

  13. July 16, 2017    

    Such loving tributes in your poem. A fine read too.

  14. Bjorn Rudberg Bjorn Rudberg
    July 16, 2017    

    What a wonderful legacy to your aunt.. we all need to be remember so.

    • July 16, 2017    

      Thanks Bjorn….she continues to teach me so much.

  15. ZQ ZQ
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  16. July 16, 2017    

    You were given good advice, and your tribute shines that light you wish to share,


    • July 16, 2017    

      Oh thank you Elizabeth….I agree it was great advice.

  17. susan susan
    July 16, 2017    

    You’ve already been carrying her lessons and Light, she gave them to you. And now your relationship deepens in the absence of corporeal presence. You write this so lovingly.

    • July 16, 2017    

      I do feel a deepening even with her absence…thank you Susan.

  18. July 16, 2017    

    Oh, wow. This is beautiful:

    “celebrating the ordinary life of a most extra-ordinary woman~
    whose greatest gift is enduring love”

    I’m so sorry for your loss.

  19. July 16, 2017    

    Beautiful! A tenderly sketched homage that brims with love and respect.

  20. July 16, 2017    

    When we lose someone we love and it hurts, it is because they taught us so much on the way to live, to laugh and love. This is such a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to your Aunt Mary.

    • July 16, 2017    

      Always such wise words my friend. Thank you.

  21. July 16, 2017    

    Nice tribute Donna…Sorry for your loss and also congrats on three years of blogging!

  22. Kerry Kerry
    July 17, 2017    

    This is a wonderful way to celebrate the life of one who meant so much to you.

    • July 17, 2017    

      Thanks Kerry. I am glad I followed my friend’s advice.

  23. September 4, 2017    

    Beautiful and heartfelt words and images.

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