In memory of Daniel

Daniel Bloomfield
My father and I with a catch of Florida lobster in the Keys.

Sadly, my father, Daniel Bloomfield passed away on September 3, 2015 at the young age of 57.

I will be hosting a party in his memory for friends and family.

I wrote this poem a few days after my father died. I was in the marine life wing of the Natural History Museum in New York City — looking up at the gigantic blue whale and recalling all the wonderful times that he and I shared on the ocean — when the reality of his death truly hit me.

 

Beneath The Whale

let me sink to the bottom of the sea
and stare at the underside of waves

silent blue

where I can see the wind
but neither hear
nor feel it

salty solemnity
haunt me please

dissolve my anger

let me rest on a cushion of silt
as I remember that you taught me
how to fish

and dispersed Room Noodles
from your fingers
to ward off the nameless things
that lurked in the dark

and made me say
boy oh boy
am I enthusiastic
every morning before my socks
were wet with dew

I can catch a lobster

dock a boat

and tie several knots

I owe you that

I am 10 years old
I swim down
down to the sea floor

you take my hand
and squeeze it
squeeze it like you’re
trying to kill a small animal

you give me your regulator
and I breathe your air

we are weightless

you are calm and peaceful
when your air runs out
on the bottom of the sea
or propped up in bed
with the TV remote in your hand

poppy

dancing on docks

the clink of your spoon on
the ice cream bowl

your Miami Dolphins voodoo
that never worked

we all knew there
was nothing more
for you here

so ascend now
father

ascend

 

 

 

 

The Cast of Cross Mountain

After watching all the entries multiple times and discussing them with our crew and committee, we’ve finally made a decision.

It wasn’t easy! Almost every entry was compelling, but ultimately we had to choose the group based on our gut instinct after much thought and prayer.

So, we chose seven young people to come on the trip to Medjugorje and be part of our second upcoming film, Cross Mountain. See them here:

BE A PRODUCTION PARTNER

We really need your help to fully fund Cross Mountain, but we want to give you something in return. Please visit our Flower Fund crowdfunding campaign and check out all the PERKS you can get by supporting us.

JOIN US IN MEDJUGORJE

Also, join the cast and crew of Cross Mountain on a unique pilgrimage to the Medjugorje Youth Fest in August! You’ll be part of the film and get to experience Medjugorje in a truly unique way. Learn more.

Cross Mountain – Our Next Film

After Apparition Hill comes CROSS MOUNTAIN

This summer, we’re bringing a group of people to investigate Medjugorje as part of our upcoming film Apparition Hill. People were invited to enter the contest for a chance to win one of five free trips to Medjugorje, and you can follow that journey here.

crmountainWe were so overwhelmed by the heartfelt stories in the entries for Apparition Hill that we decided to bring a second group, but this time with a different mission: to take part in Medjugorje’s Youth Fest.

Every year, during the first week of August, young people from all over the world converge on the tiny village of Medjugorje in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Why do they come? And what are they looking for? Our crew hopes to find out by bringing a group of young people to investigate.

So, just like the last contest, we’re giving away five all-expenses-paid trips to Medjugorje. If you’re between 18 and 30 years old and you have never been to Medjugorje before, please submit a video entry.Visit the Cross Mountain website to learn more.