Sunday, July 24, 2011

Mourning


She died a year ago
of a head injury from a fall
while drunk.
But no one mourned her publicly
no service planned no burial
by her family that we knew of.
Her friends decided it was past time for
closure, healing, and sharing and so needing,
we gathered at at a local lake to tell our stories and
memories of this amazing but tormented
woman who had so touched our lives,
praying together before and after and
in between, casting handfuls of rose petals
onto the lake, tiny rafts of our thoughts and
hopes and loves, each fragrant fairy boat
eventually captained by tiny blue dragonflies,
sailing our thoughts to her, our tears trickling into
the cool, healing water of  listening and
being heard.
(Posted for Poetry Potluck, "Nature and Life", 7/24/11 and for
One Single Impression, "Needs", 7/25/11)

24 comments:

  1. our tears trickling into
    the cool, healing water of listening and
    being heard.
    Beautiful just Beautiful....

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  2. hmmmm how sad, but lovingly penned :)
    enjoy the potluck!!!

    http://lynnaima.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/indifferent/

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  3. Amazing...what an image with the dragonflies!

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  4. A great tribute to a lost friend.

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  5. What a wonderful poem. I could see it right down to the dragonflies on the rose petals. Simply beautiful.

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  6. sad,
    well expressed.
    Happy Potluck.

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  7. Beautiful poem of loss, healing, and moving forward. Delicate and beautifully woven.

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  8. Sad event so well rendered!
    Can feel respect in hearts for a parted friend.

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  9. Yes, listening and being listened to.. what can be more healing for those who engage in such sharing.. wonderful poem.. liked it..

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  10. This is so very sad! Beautiful poem.

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  11. Lovely homage to a loving friend.
    Sad... soul stirring....poem.
    GB.

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  12. Wonderful tribute. Unconditional love shown here.

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  13. Beautiful. Lovely language, and a lovely way to celebrate a life. Thank you.

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  14. A perfectly lovely poem about a loving homage and celebration of a life.

    I loved the fragrant fairyboats captained by blue dragonflies. Wonderful!

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  15. the last three lines were the best!! meaningful and beautiful..love it! (check out my poems too)

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  16. sad but nice..

    http://achu89.blogspot.com/

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  17. It's so hard to figure out or make sense of tragic seemingly meaningless death. Writing it out, the words spill, healing happens.

    A loving tribute to your friend.

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  18. This is so touching and so heart-rending.

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  19. Thanks for sharing this gem with poets rally.

    have fun!

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  20. Truly lovely. Thank you for taking us to that moment and that feeling.

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  21. I love the rose petal/dragonfly image. Beautifully handled.

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  22. Such a personal story shared. Beautifully written.

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  23. Very heart felt and beautiful. Love
    each fragrant fairy boat
    eventually captained by tiny blue dragonflies,
    Wonderful and beautiful written.

    California Ink In Motion

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