Archives for January 2010

I Shout Their Names

I’m at an age where those I’ve known for years are dying. Some go quick, like snow on a warm day. Some more slowly; as if every week is a tide that takes them farther and farther away. To lose someone you know is to be seized by an invisible hand that pulls a clump [Read More…]

Outlasting the Storm

The island of self I return to is washed of all edges, completely smooth, as if all the loss and struggle never happened. When a stranger asks how I came to be here, I have no way to light the stories of being saved from myself into a fire that can warm us. No way [Read More…]

Company of Light

I have lost my way, but have found the small fire which can never go out, though we are terrified it will. When I first came, I passed you by. I passed the sap oozing from the maple as I passed the truth seeping from the quiet ones. Now birds out of view cry and [Read More…]

Mark’s Weekly Reflection

The Givers Once the doctors broke their huddle, her uncle leaned in, “What would you like?” The little girl beamed, “A white piano!” It took him three weeks but he had one waiting in her room. She played it every day like the medicine it was. And the guitar player stopping for water on his [Read More…]