Watercolor Wednesday – Gone From My Sight

Today I’m feeling blue. I have been for quite a while. Especially after learning that some of my Scottie friends have crossed the bridge recently. It’s too many, too soon.

So as we enjoy our StuART today, let us be mindful of those who have passed. And for those of us left behind.

Miss you Stu.


Gone From My Sight

by Henry Van Dyke

I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean.

She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!”

“Gone where?”

Gone from my sight. That’s all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: “There, she is gone!” There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: “Here she comes!”

And that is dying.



About The Scottie Chronicles

Winston welcomes you to The Scottie Chronicles - a blog that began in 2009 as a voice for Stuart, a more than memorable black, brindle and white Scottish Terrier who captured hearts around the world. Stuart passed suddenly in December 2015 from cardiac hemangiosarcoma, a nasty cancer that took him far too early. If you love Scotties, please follow along. Arroooo!
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45 Responses to Watercolor Wednesday – Gone From My Sight

  1. Elizabeth Davis says:


  2. theguster says:

    The lump I have in my throat right now will subside…the memory of those who have crossed The Bridge will never.

    McDuff & Mom

  3. Leah says:

    My Sweet Mac has been gone since February 18 . . . I’m crying again. 💔

  4. nordhuesn says:

    We should gather strength from those who have crossed. For without us, they may not have had the good life they did. Once they pass their spirit stays to not only allow us to grieve, but to fill our hearts with love of them and those yet to come into our lives. You have every right to be blue. Our hearts hurt for you and those who have lost. They are gone from our sight, but live on in our minds and hearts. Thank you for inspiring us with the Van Dyke.

  5. Gail and Kipper says:

    Very well said. They are gone from our sight but live on in spirit in our hearts. Thank you that. Kipper lives on in spirit with me.

  6. Lee says:

    This is getting to hard to do.
    SWTS & Lee

  7. There is something in the spirit air because on Sunday, Mama has a huge melt down and could not stop crying for all her previous dogs, and all the friends we made on FB who have transitioned. Talk about waterworks. Plus she was holding me so tight, I had to remind her that I like to breathe too. We are giving you a virtual hug and sending much love!

  8. Fozziemum says:

    I can’t read the poem my friend..we are having to say goodbye to our sweet old boy next week..this week for Forrest is his Barkit list..spoils and love..i’m bawling again…we send our love…miss you Stu…xxx

  9. lauramarec says:

    This poem is really how it is, but it is the ones who are left behind who really suffer! It is so very sad for us on this side! One day we will be the ones approaching the shore on the other side, and all of those we lost sight of previously will be there waiting for us saying “Here she comes” and they’ll run eagerly to welcome us, and then there will be no more tears–EVER! How glorious that will be!
    In the mean time, it really is Hell on earth for those of us who have lost our LOVED ONES! I am so sorry! You have my heart and soul-felt sympathy!
    Riley-Puppy and Tessie-Girl’s Mum

  10. corkscot says:

    They might be out of sight, but they are never out of mind.

  11. Mama has a thought..,we could go together with our beloveds. Yep. Mama likes that idea.

  12. Maybe Watercolor Wednesdays should be WaterWorks Wednesdays…..just sayin’

  13. WestScott says:

    Been through this five times, and still have trouble thinking about each goodbye and ending. Can’t bear the thought of going through this at least two more times – it rips us up. After each passing we say: “No more, we never want to go through this again.” Then guess what happens? Someone new and wonderful enters our llives and we start over with a new focus and renewed purpose.

    We miss you Hoop, Whitney, Bandit, Katie and Dixie. We were honored to have you in our lives. We gave you all we could, and never let you suffer. Hopefully you have been able to meet wonderful Stuart, and all the others who were so loved and are so sorely missed.

    • Five times too many, but you’re so right. A wonderful soul comes into your life to fill the aching hole in your heart. Cheers to Hoop, Whitney, Bandit, Katie and Dixie! Raising a toast to you all! Take good care of them Stuart! Because they’ll be there for you my love!

  14. Kismet says:

    Kyla says “HERE HE COMES!!!!”

    • Now I’m really crying.

      BUT, we should be happy that those two – and so many others – are finally together. Happy and carefree. Watching over all of us and saying, “Those silly peeps. If they’d just get their acts together, they’d know we never left them.”

  15. Piglove says:

    Sending you major hogs and snout kisses my sweet friend. We love you. XOXO – Bacon

  16. you’re right… too many had to go and there are too much tears and so much broken hearts… that’s the moment we realize what the saying Love hurts really means…

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