Miriam's Art Work & Mimento

Miriam turned even the simplest gesture of sending a greeting card into something special,
always taking the time to make individual cards for everyone. Before her death she had hoped
to start her own business, Mimento, producing handmade cards. Her family have taken up this
idea and hope to develop it further. For more information please visit:


All proceeds from the sale of the cards will be donated to the Miriam Hyman Memorial Fund
which is currently supporting the work of ORBIS UK (Charity No. 1061352), a charity which
aims at eliminating avoidable blindness globally, helping people to see clearly again.

Friday, September 02, 2005

The Monument of Memory

Moving high above the stratosphere
To see all hope become despair
A satellite can view from space
The distance travelled by our life,
On the earth one moment, then forgot
By gravity and released to god knows where,
We are here yet somehow not,
Shadows caste upon the moving ground
And memories left like treasured gold.

When we look down upon your grave
We see the distance that a soul can make
Between the hard earth and the heart,
For this distance and the time it takes
To know ourselves, what we call a life
Is insubstantial, light as air,
Forged from laughter and despair,
Hope lies somewhere in the memories
Buried, we collective share.

To be valued for this memory,
That we give back to the world,
To be known amongst the living
And be seen for what we are,
Even from a distance, is to leave a trace.
Of all the monuments of history
That so enthral the human race
Your memory shines brighter now
Than these man made landmarks
Briefly glimpsed from space.

David Cottingham July 2005 .


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