This weekend, one of the most important people in my life died. Unexpectedly but expectedly. Far, far too young. She was unique and brilliant and courageous and treated with great cruetly by the cosmos. She fought against a diabolical disease all her adult life. And in the process she helped define my life. I was no one before I met her. And I can only hope that I can spend the rest of the time allowed to me in a way that will be worthy of her existence. I have just come back from a 48-hour round-trip to Europe to attend the funeral. Now, looking at This Photo I posted last week, I realize it was about her. It's not of her and it has nothing ostensibly to do with her. I wasn't thinking about her when I took it or when I posted it. She wasn't even a "water person." Air was her element. But still. . . it's about her. I realized it when I read what I wrote. "She did not swim. She did not drown." And this take even more so. She held on as the unstoppable weight of time and fate and inevitability rushed down on her like a waterfall, day after day, year after year. She held on long after most people would have let their fingers slip. And every minute she held on was a gift to the world. But even the strongest of us lose our grips eventually. We will all be washed away. Some of us will carry the tears of many in our wake. Some of us will purify the waters. Some will bring life to the earth.
No points please. This is just one of many tributes I am offering to her great and all too brief passage among us.
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KevRyan (22956) 2007-10-02 16:14
Such a beautifully powerful image and note Hugh - there is something of the space which you are in which touches the space I am in although the death of which I speak was a few weeks ago - so true - even as we swim with or against the current the end result is that we are swept away........thankyou for sharing these thoughts of her and sharing yourself too.
worldcitizen (7435) 2007-10-02 16:34
I'm sorry for your loss...and for a life that, as you describe, ended too soon...Your note is beautiful, and the image that goes with it is equally touching.
partha (14020) 2007-10-02 18:18
Nice way of taking the shot of flowing water.
Nice concept and good execution.The effort of the girl adds a very good dimension in it.
broglia (3598) 2007-10-03 0:36
Thoughtful words Hugh and a fitting tribute to a dear friend. Best wishes, Roberto
ninaL (21348) 2007-10-04 1:46
I am deeply touched...
Your words and your photo are a beautiful tribute to this person.
Sharing your pain, Grazyna.
AnimeshRay (9089) 2007-10-06 9:36
I am late to your photo--quite swamped with work for the past week--so did not get to TE until now. I am very sorry to hear of your loss. Words will not console, so I offer none. Only I wish her life though brief, as you say, was full.
The elegant grace of falling water reminds me of Leonardo's sketch of water waves. Your tribute in loss is a wellspring of creativity.
- Copyright: Hugh Siegel (bombilla) (3406)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-08-26
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Nikon D200, Nikon DX AF-S 18-55 f3.5-5.6, Skylight
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Lowcountry Lowdown
- Theme(s): Fountain of Youth [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-10-02 16:07