Looking for the poem in "The Smoke Jumper" by Nicholas Evans
Thread poster: Marie-Céline GEORG

Marie-Céline GEORG  Identity Verified
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Jun 28, 2005

Hi all,
I read the french version of "The Smoke Jumper" by Nicholas Evans and there is a beautiful poem about the death of a lover. Does anyone know where I could find the original English version of this poem on the web? Do you know who wrote it in the first place? Thanks a lot for your answers


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Is this the one you want? Jun 28, 2005

There are several postings of this on the Web.

Walk Within You

If I be the first of us to die, Let grief not blacken long your sky.
Be bold yet modest in your grieving. There is a change but not a leaving.
For just as death is part of life, The dead live on forever in the living.
And all the gathered riches of our journey,
The moments shared, the mysteries explored, The steady layering of intimacy stored,
The things that made us laugh or weep or sing, The joy of sunlit snow or first unfurling of the spring,
The wordless language of look and touch, The knowing, Each giving and each taking,
These are not flowers that fade, Nor trees that fall and crumble,
Nor are they stone,
For even stone cannot the wind and rain withstand And mighty mountain peaks in time reduce to sand.
What we were, we are. What we had, we have.
A conjoined past imperishably present.
So when you walk the wood where once we walked together
And scan in vain the dappled bank beside you for my shadow,
Or pause where we always did upon the hill to gaze across the land,
And spotting something, reach by habit for my hand,
And finding none, feel sorrow start to steal upon you, Be still.
Close your eyes. Breathe.
Listen for my footfall in your heart. I am not gone but merely walk within you.

---Nicholas Evans


Marie-Céline GEORG  Identity Verified
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Thanks a lot! Jun 28, 2005

That is exactly what I was looking for. But as I didn't know the exact words in English, I couldn't find it.

Thanks you very much for your help


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