burial in february

sometimes love is less valentine
and more a wait for melt
for softening of surface dirt
under snow
to bury what’s dead

sometimes love is measuring how deep
to cover the bones, and how wide a space
we need
to accommodate loss,

and sometimes
love is the covering over of rot,
and what we plant over it
is what blooms,
not flowers

but memory


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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28 Responses to burial in february

  1. K. A. Brace says:

    Susan, an excellent poem. Really well done. >KB

  2. K. A. Brace says:

    Reblogged this on The Mirror Obscura and commented:
    Susan Daniels is one of my favorite poets here on wordpress. And while she has not been heard of much latelky I hope this is a welcomed change. >KB

  3. Oh, this is beautiful and yet so intensely sad.

    Oh, harvests from tendered gardens
    rich in bouquets of those we have loved and lost…
    of those who have loved and left,
    us unready
    and now unsteady, tender…
    seeking balance and bounce
    may memory stoke the present and
    choke saddening pasts,
    and recollections midwife
    recovery and restoration.

  4. Trent Lewin says:

    Now that is a message…

  5. mommyx4boys says:

    Very well written poem. If you like poetry you should check out my blog i have a couple poems on there one of which i just posted today. Mommyx4boys.wordpress.com

  6. M. Zane McClellan says:

    Yes, by the depth and breadth of the hole, the space gone to weeds.

  7. How studious! Great insight and encourgement! Just loved it, so I’ve chosen to follow this blog now :O)

  8. Rhonda says:

    Beautiful and sad. I’m sorry to hear about her Sfam, very sorry. {hugs}

  9. Becca Joyce says:

    Exactly! This poem is excellent. Love hurts. Looking forward to reading more.

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