Tag Archives: death

Walking in the cemetery

We have always lived near cemeteries. First near Graceland and now Cavalry, not too far from Rosehill. In fact, part of my graduate thesis was about the necropolis at Rosehill being such a perfect reflection of the living metropolis of … Continue reading

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“Still Life with Gratitude” by Dean Rader

One day, the scientists tell us, every star in the universe will burn out, the galaxies gradually blackening until the last light flares and falls returning the all to darkness where it will remain until the end of what we … Continue reading

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A virtual sign

I see him tracing the letters in the air, His hands rotating his brush As he paints this last virtual sign. I have never seen his expertise so close up before. I always focused on the letters he produced when … Continue reading

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I’ll see you later. MUCH later.

My mother called me a couple of weeks ago from her assisted living facility in Ann Arbor. My sister was with her and they used her facetime. “This is the last time you will see my face.” “What do you … Continue reading

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“Guide to the Other Gallery” by Dana Gioia

This is the hall of broken limbs Where splintered marble athletes lie Beside the arms of cherubim. Nothing is ever thrown away. These butterflies are set in rows. So small and gray inside their case They look alike now. I … Continue reading

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“The Life of death” by Marcia Onderstijn

(Thanks, ER, for the link)

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“A Mercy” by Sharon Olds

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Even the shadow calligraphy is impossible to decipher

I just learned that a colleague and friend has passed away. She had many ailments and fell earlier this year, after the school year had begun. The complications from her fall combined with her other health issues ended in her … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween

(Thanks, John)

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Sacred space

Gregory, a very dear old friend, died today, just a few minutes after noon. Diagnosed 12 years ago with early onset Alzheimers, this centered, gifted, and creative man has slowly lost the smooth and easy functioning of his graceful body, … Continue reading

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