SUCH A WISE AND HONEST SOUL
GOD I HATE TO SEE YOU GO
I LOVE YOU,JUST WANTED TO LET YOU
I was a student of Ruth's at SUNY Binghamton back in the early 90's. As a sour and over-sensitive 22 year old, I was both mystified and awed by how much love for life she seemed to hold. She was very gentle, very supportive, and a complete riot. I never turned out to be much of a poet myself, but I thought I'd share the poem I wrote for her that year. The strength it has comes from her own lovely words. Thank you, Ruth, for all you shared with us.
Unfinished (It's Been a Week Since Her Dog's Eaten)
for Ruth Stone
Ruth sweeps aside
a loop of red hair.
With smooth swollen hands
and fingers, that move together
in curved scoops of air, she says
she can't write anything
these days, but love poems.
Wish I had known you. You would have really touched my life of suffering and help me put it into words.
I met Ruth almost twenty years ago, when I had just started writing and needed encouragement. This is how she inscribed the book I bought that day: "Darling Rob- What a wonder, your poems! It's the reality--the touch to touch of our lives. Love from Ruth Stone" Well, my poems weren't really all that good, but they became better because I continued writing thanks to Ruth. I know my story isn't unique. She must have helped thousands like me over her long career. We were blessed, indeed. She was a wonderful poet,and perhaps more important, a wonderful human being. Again, I say, we were blessed.
My condolences to the Stone family. May you find a measure of comfort in that "God is healing the broken-hearted ones; And is binding up their painful spots" (PSALMS 147:3)
May the God of comfort strengthen you through your grief,my condolences goes out to the Stone family.
Heartfelt condolences to family and loved ones. May the God of all comfort be with you.
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
My condolences to the family and friends of Ruth Stone during this time of grief. Death is the last enemy that God says he will free mankind of. May you find solace by drawing close to the God who cares for you.
Thank you ~RUTH~
with in Brillance
of many written words'
Poems lovely admired ways n`beauty
sad loss rest n`peace upon the heavens
In rememberance to poem artist RUTH
climbs stone stairs through the trees.
She goes that way.
My deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Ruth Stone. May the God of all comfort and tender mercies, strengthen and sustain during this time.
Ruth Stone was one of the first poets I discovered by myself--no teacher, no sister, no friend, no mentor suggested I read her. I have followed her for years, love her work and take great inspiration from what she made of her life and the work that she left for us to read. Thank you, Ruth Stone, and blessings and condolences to her family.
Santa Ynez, CA
I was very happy to meet Ruth through the VT League of Writers, after not knowing each other through our years in Goshen. I appreciated her inspirational response to my poems. I hope to follow her example!
Grateful to have met you, through your books!
Farewell to a kindred soul...
So sad to lose such a wonderful person. I have such fond memories of the times we spent knowing each other.I am grateful that mom got to see Ruth last year on her trip to Vermont. My thoughts are with Marcia, Phoebe and Abigail and their children.
Sending Love from Alice Beberman Chute
God bless you and your loved ones, Mrs. Stone. What a beautiful lady you must have been.
To the family of Ruth Stone,
In your time of sorrow, may you find comfort in your precious memories. Reading God's word at this time will also ease your pain. As you draw close to God, he will draw close to you. (James 4:8)
At the end of each life is a legacy of love.. My deepest condolences to the family and friends. As the days and weeks pass and as you return to life routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of God, family and friend James 4:8 Draw close to God and he will draw close to you
Ah Yes! A poet and such a mind! God bless your everlasting soul and may ye rest in eternal peace! You were published and I thank you for sharing.
Dear Ruth, a wayfarer traveling the universe, I did not know you but I know you. Your soulful, illuminating words, born in the fires of your artists' heart, have touched many moments of my own artists' life and transformed me. Rest now dear Ruth, we will meet someday.
The last leaf from the maple this morning.
Oh I love Ruth Stone so much. She was one of the first poets I ever read outside of school, discovered on my own. She inspired me, moved me to tears, over and over again; I knew if she lived her life and wrote, then I could live mine and write. I'm nearing 60 now, published only once or twice, Ruth Stone is still, and will remain, inspiration to me. My love and condolences go out to her family.
This story Ruth wrote, is very interesting. She was a very great writer & very talented.
Sad time when we lose someone who was a big part in our lives.
Sympathy to her family & many friends,I'm sure she had.
May she rest in peace, she was a brave woman.