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to wither and bloom

#a tribute

By Heather HublerPublished about a month ago Updated about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2024
photo by author's husband :)


there is such a stunning eloquence

to the beginning of life,

newness, growth, the thirst for something more,

stretching and yawning from

one collection of molecules to the next,

differentiating themselves,

following an intricate map,

each destination beautifully unique

as they embark on a journey

fraught with highs and lows,

love and pain,

swells of unimaginable joy and sorrow

til that last heave of air pushes out,

that final beat of the heart resounds.


there is a such a stunning silence

to the end of life.

it rings in the ears of those left behind

never quite fully fading.

the echoes join in a choir

of memories lost through time,

ever raising their voices in


and we bear witness to the fruits

of this stardust hymn.

we see it.

in the sun shining brightly,

in moments of peace,

in the bloom of a flower

and in the shape of newborn skin,

the cycle of rebirth ushered in

on the sigh of ancient anthem.


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I wrote these lines in memory of my father-in-law, who's life came to a close early this morning. Only minutes after receiving the news, did we look up to see that this bloom (in the cover pic) had just opened. A little smile and hug from him :)

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Comments (38)

  • Sarah Parker7 days ago

    Beautiful poem. I’m sorry about your father-in-law. ❤️

  • Another beautiful creation, Heather. Congratulations on the Top Story!

  • Grz Colm20 days ago

    Stunningly beautiful.. need the tissues. A brilliant elegy and again I’m so sorry to hear about this. I responded to all but liked these lines particularly.. “there is a such a stunning silence to the end of life. it rings in the ears of those left behind”… felt that AND heard that. 💚

  • CHRISTIAN P28 days ago

    Outstanding 💯

  • Dr. Jason Benskinabout a month ago

    Congratulations on having your story featured as a top story on Vocal! This is a remarkable achievement, and it's clear why your work has received such recognition. Your storytelling is truly exceptional. The narrative was not only compelling but also beautifully crafted, holding my attention from start to finish. The way you developed the characters and plot was masterful, making the story both engaging and thought-provoking. Your unique voice and perspective shine through, setting your work apart. It’s evident that you poured a lot of passion and effort into this piece, and it has certainly paid off. I look forward to reading more of your incredible stories in the future. Keep up the fantastic work! Best regards, Dr. Jay

  • Natasha Collazoabout a month ago

    Love your writing Heather!!

  • Alexis Wellmakerabout a month ago

    💖Heather, you beautifully captured the circle of life in this poem honoring your father-in-law. Sending my condolences to you and your family.💕

  • Carol Townendabout a month ago

    Lots of thoughts and love sent to you Heather from me and my husband. This is a beautiful tribute, and I admire you for being able to write it during your period of grief.

  • A beautiful bloom to accompany your lovely tribute to your father in law. My sincere sympathies to you and your husband.

  • Caroline Cravenabout a month ago

    Gosh Heather. I’m so sorry for your loss. This was a phenomenal tribute to your father in law. So beautiful.

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    Congratulations on Top Story, and for so heartfelt a poem. This one is radiant through sadness.

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Lamar Wigginsabout a month ago

    First off, I'm sorry for your loss. Prayers going out to you and your family. Second, this is stunning work. So clear and concise with an immaculate flow. Very worthy of sharing beyond Vocal. 💖

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    I’m so sorry for your loss of your father in law. A beautiful soul shines in your heart and your memories of him, and through this gorgeous poetry you created. You’re an artist!

  • JBazabout a month ago

    How you wrte something so beautiful in that moment is a wonderful tribute. A truly difficult time for you and our family. Our family sends our love to all of you.

  • Kelli Sheckler-Amsdenabout a month ago

    So sorry for your loss...this is such a beautiful tribute <3

  • Paul Stewartabout a month ago

    Not surprised this got Top Story, Congrats pal, but I know that doesn't really matter right now. Hope you and fam are doing alright. hugfin.

  • Rachel Robbinsabout a month ago

    Beautiful. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Dawnxisoul393artabout a month ago

    The circle of life is beautifully explored, capturing both the eloquence of beginnings and the profound silence of endings. The imagery of newness, growth, and differentiation creates a sense of wonder and anticipation. The connection between life's end and the beauty of existence is powerfully conveyed, reminding us to find solace and meaning in the cycles of nature. We‘re deeply moved by the poem. Loved it. And hope to read more of your work, thank you very much again for sharing this soul-to-soul journey that touched our hearts. Subscribed.

  • Jaye Poolabout a month ago

    A wonderful way of honoring your father-in-law <3. My condolences to you and yours.

  • Sian N. Cluttonabout a month ago

    Wow, Heather. How beautiful. 'There is such a stunning silence to the end of life. It rings in the ears of those left behind' really touched me. I'm so sorry for your loss. ❤️

  • I am glad you can remember him in such a beautiful way

  • Moe Radosevichabout a month ago

    beautiful H2, ❤️

  • Shirley Belkabout a month ago

    loved the stardust hymn!

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