mourning (for Joan)

that feeling
does not dissipate
when ashes scatter

it stays
to hold us
after arms are gone

it is the words
she cannot say
beneath her sternum

that voice caged
in her chest
for three years

as she releases

this longing
to salt the wind
& sink deep into soil

where it belongs


About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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12 Responses to mourning (for Joan)

  1. weep not. Just remember and be her voice to release those words that flutter beneath her sternum as you release the ashes and watch them float away!

  2. unfetteredbs says:

    this is beautiful.
    Peace Susan

  3. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    This captures the feeling of sorrow so beautifully and musically. I could feel it welling up in my chest again.

  4. doncarroll says:

    very touching susan:)

  5. nelle says:

    *hugs* Love ‘after the arms are gone’.

  6. So much sorrow in these lovely words. Blessings and hugs to you as you mourn

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