Penned Musings are posts based off of my daily writing prompts. You can read more here.

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A Spoken Sea of Names

Another name.

A voice both full of love and sorrow all in the same breath speaks another name into the microphone over the crowd of people awash in a sea of orange.

Another name.

Over 500 names.

Over 500 souls lost too soon.

Over 500 names, never spoken out loud enough, put into the crisp, sun-filled fall day along the river.

And with each name another wave.

A wave of grief. A wave of smiles. A wave of sadness. A wave of love; all washing over me with my senses too overwhelmed to really take it all in.

A wave of orange.

With each name a wave of orange balloons both escape and release from the hands of a forever changed family.

At times it is a tiny wave of a only a few balloons, others a multitude of them.

Floating high into the blue sky, some with messages for their babies in heaven.

Tears. Smiles. Tears. Laughter.

Love. Honor.

The honor of loving them coexisting with our grief of losing them beyond too soon washing over us like the waves in the sea.

The sea of spoken names in waves of orange taking my breath away still.

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4 thoughts on “Penned Musing: A Spoken Sea of Names

  1. What a great tribute to those lost too soon!

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  2. anotherforty says:

    This is amazing. My niece lost her daughter at birth, and our family gathered with her to release a balloon in her daughter’s honor. It was so moving and so helpful in the time of grief.

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    1. The sight of the balloons was breathtaking!

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