I was so sad today
to hear of your death.
I thought of it as my breath climbed
this hill and as my gaze filled
with a slice of stone
by the drive side, its face faceted with quartz
like a medal of valor.

I thought of it when I saw limbs caught
in the cruces of other limbs,
trees gathering
their fallen.

I feel sure you believed you would meet her
that you’d gather her up
as when she was small,
that you’d laugh
as when she was almost
a young woman.

I saw you too
in the gatherings of leaves
from last fall,
wondering if I would ever catch their turn
into new earth,
that birth
of what’s left, that rebirth
of what has left.

11th poem for April; for Hannah’s prompt on Real Toads to write of a walk in nature.  Pic is mine as well as poem; all rights reserved. 


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9 Comments on “Memoriam”

  1. Sherry Marr Says:

    Very sad, and very beautiful. I do hope the person got to gather her up once again.

  2. Sanaa Rizvi Says:

    This is so beautifully tragic… truly touched by your verse…!

  3. Sumana Roy Says:

    I like the progression of this poem through beautiful images…specially the second stanza…

  4. I love how you use the nature and decay as metaphor.. Hope for a rebirth and that they meet again.

  5. elleceef Says:

    This is so sad and lovely,

  6. Somber…poignantly beautiful…love the faceted quartz…brings light to the sadness. Thank you, K.

  7. M Says:

    wow, K – sad and beautiful ~

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