13 November 2008

Hello Again, Goodbye Again

My first footsteps in this place were care of you
Your special hidey-holes, your favorite vistas
The undulating curve of shoreline
Sheer rock face jutting up towards infinity
And down to who-knows-where

You held them out to anyone inclined to interest
Accepting your excited joy
Those who cared enough to gut it out
And I was, indeed, impressed and touched

We bring you back in bits and pieces now
Scattering on the sand and breeze
In your hidey-holes and favorite vistas

Sheer rock face weeping infinite tears
They seem to know you're here
Seem to weep for their loss
Weeping in welcome
They are glad to see you again
Glad you won't be leaving again

And down to the depths of who-knows where
Scary to think where these little things settle
A mysterious landscape beneath lapping waves of light
Secrets held forever in darkness that does not breathe

This one who looks so much like you
His undulating curves of shoreline
The hidey-holes of his heart
Weep for you like the jutting cliffs
And depths that settle who-knows-where

He comes back here, gutting it out
Scattering bits and pieces of himself on the sand and breeze
Saying hello again
Saying goodbye again

His first footsteps here were care of you
And I am, indeed, impressed and touched

:From one year ago:



Blogger nikongirl said...

Erin - THANK FOR MAKING ME TOTALLY BAWL THIS MORNING!! That was the most amazing poem. It truly touched me and just made me cry so much all over again. I miss him. He taught me to waterski at Lake Powell and I got the worst sunburn of my life. I'm so glad he will rest there - in a place he loved so much.
Thank you for sharing that - as hard as it was to miss him all over again.
Love to your family.

10:19 AM  
Blogger Jeanne Damoff said...

Gorgeous! The words. The photos. Truly breathtaking and heartbreaking.

5:56 PM  
Blogger Paula said...

Been thinking of you and Steve... and praying for you.

11:21 PM  
Blogger sojourner said...

Lovely words - Lovely photos

10:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mourning with you today -- such anniversaries are the dna of our memories though. So glad to see you remembering with words.

4:48 PM  

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