Thought I'd see you one more time again

Posted by Nitin (Shanghai, China) on 13 June 2018 in People & Portrait.

"Just yesterday morning, they let me know you were gone.
Sabina, the plans they made put an end to you.
I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song,
I just can't remember who to send it to.

I've seen fire and I've seen rain. I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end.
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend, but I always thought that I'd see you again.

Won't you look down upon me, Jesus, You've got to help me make a stand.
You've just got to see me through another day.
My body's aching and my time is at hand and I won't make it any other way.

Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain. I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end.
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend, but I always thought that I'd see you again.

Been walking my mind to an easy time, my back turned towards the sun.
Lord knows when the cold wind blows it'll turn your head around.
Well, there's hours of time on the telephone line to talk about things to come.
Sweet dreams and flying machines in pieces on the ground.

Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain. I've seen sunny days that I thought would never end.
I've seen lonely times when I could not find a friend,
but I always thought that I'd see you Bibi, one more time again, now.

Thought I'd see you one more time again.
There's just a few things coming my way this time around, now.
Thought I'd see you, thought I'd see you, fire and rain, now."
--
James Taylor, Fire and Rain

I was ‘supposed’ to meet Sabina in 2011 when I first came to Shanghai through common friends.. I had heard of this girl called Sabina who worked at B+H and was a lovely, awesome girl.. but we never met and finally ended up meeting each other only in 2015 and we hit it off right away but still wondering how the hell we could not have met 4 years earlier when we shared so much in common.

She was like a big sister, a great friend, a bucket that was always ready to fill herself with my stories and frustrations whiling sharing her own, always listening and comforting and encouraging.. She often talked about leaving Shanghai and getting a house in Sri Lanka.. she loved that country.. swe have shared such wonderful times.. there was a time when I was her neighbor for a few months and we hung out in her balcony all the time.. she helped raise infant plants for me.. the bokashi composting bucket.. when moving houses I left my bottles of alcohol with her that she told me she was waiting for us to drink together.. those pies she sent to our office all the time just to cheer us up.. endless faith and support in everything I was doing.. such a supporter of the environment.. of plants.. of composting.. it’s unbelievable to see what’s happening..

I’ve not got close to many people in such a short time.. it’s left a big hole in my heart.. going to so miss her.. the gifts she left with me.. the special gin bottle, the cocktail book, the Cuban cigar, the Sri Lankan cinnamon.. will be deeply treasured.. those warm hugs.. those words of comfort.. she’s a true giver.. just gives and gives.. without expecting.. she’s the closest friend I’ve lost in last 8-10 years. Will badly miss you Sabina.. I just don’t have words to express how I’m feeling.. it just feels dark and endless. I know you will be partying wherever you are and growing those plants and doing that composting.. but I’m gonna be quite lost here for a while.. wish I could have been a better friend. Lots of Hugs.. n sending you Indian basil (tulsi) ginger tea and cardamom pods to keep you company there... take care..

Thanks for being a part of my life.

Sabina left us and the earth on 11th June 2018, 10:40pm Canada time, at her hospital bed in Ottawa with her sister by her side, and mom and dad nearby.

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bien ce jaune

13 Jun 2018 5:28pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

Lovely portraits!

13 Jun 2018 8:32pm

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Lovely portrait and a sad, sad story. I am so sorry for your loss.

14 Jun 2018 1:34am

 

NIKON D700
1/30 second
F/1.8
ISO 5000
50 mm

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