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No Shore Too Far

Meditations on Death, Bereavement, and Hope

Jonathan Stedall

160 pp.  
5" x 7 3/4"

Hawthorn Press


Published:  August 2017


Written since the death of his wife in 2014, No Shore Too Far is a collection of heartfelt poems and meditations on the themes of death, bereavement and hope. Taking in a broad view of the interconnectedness of all creation and drawing on the author’s faith in the eternal essence in each one of us, the poems touch upon the whole mystery of consciousness, evolution and human experience.

  • That Robin

    That robin who became so tame
    when you were ill
    is back again,
    but not so close.
    Perhaps he knew—
    not in his tiny brain,
    but in his feathered being—
    that you would welcome such a friend
    when times were hard.
    For what keeps animals at bay
    comes tumbling down
    when people drop their guard
    and boundaries start to shrink.
    The garden was your world.
    You saw each flower and tree anew.
    Perhaps you saw them as the robin does.
    No wonder you became such friends.

“The poems are beautiful, poignant and inspiring” —Stephen Gawtry, Managing Editor, Watkins Mind Body Spirit

“While I’m not in the least a competent critic or connoisseur of poetry, I very much appreciate the simple clarity and warm transparency of their style, the sincerity of their vision.” —Richard Tarnas, author of The Passion of the Western Mind and Cosmos and Psyche

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