I miss my lovely, brave mum

Sure on this Shining Night

setting by Morten Lauridsen

(lyrics taken from ‘A Death in the Family’ by James Agee)

Sure on this shining night
Of starmade shadows round,
Kindness must watch for me
This side the ground.

The late year lies down the north.
All is healed, all is health.
High summer holds the earth.

Hearts all whole.
Sure on this shining night I weep for wonder wand’ring far alone
Of shadows on the stars.


7 thoughts on “I miss my lovely, brave mum

  1. ah Jane – trust you to pick this up. i kind of hid it away in flurry of posts but, yes, i miss her terribly. it kind of comes in waves as if i can only deal with it a tiny bit at a time. and usually only late at night, like this, when i’m alone. xxx

  2. Did not see this, too busy being an aged teenager in post above.

    I would be missing your mum too if she had been my mum. Last week I was remembering the time she experimented with strips of sellotape on the forehead to prevent frown lines. And another time she turned up at that ratty little flat I used to share with Geoff with a bag of bacon, so that I wouldn’t starve.


  3. Oh. Dear. Goodness. You are very special and brave too.
    Big sighing heavy waves sometimes. Sometimes they make you ache and sometimes they wash over you and sometimes they take you with them. How lucky your mum was to have someone as lovely and as special as you for a daughter. And how kind and funny she sounds. Big hug. x

  4. My Mom died 34 years ago of breast cancer. The waves of grief still come and go occasionally, though usually when I am consciously reminded. Here’s where things get interesting. Being involved with choral music I’ve come to know Lauridsen’s music, but since our group doesn’t do any (our director prefers Eric Whitacre) I haven’t actually looked at the music. So today I was looking to find just exactly what the lyrics are to “Sure on this Shining Night.” When I read about them being from Agee’s a death in the family and then came upon this blog I was reminded of my own loss so long ago. Thank you for sharing your story.

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