Yellow Requiem

Yellow Requiem August 7, 2023


You’ve both been gone for eight  

years and I am turning seventy. I still  

miss what we never had. Even when you  

were here, I had become my own mother,  

my own father. It took some time but I  

can remember a beautiful moment in  

the eye of the storm that was our life.  

It was on a summer night in our small  

backyard around a fire as the peepers  

grew loud and we all stopped arguing  

for a long moment. While you were  

staring into the fire, I stared into you.  

In that oyster glow, I could part your  

anger and see past your wounds, all  

the way to the soft center you found  

in each other before I was born. Now  

I thread these images like beads of truth  

on a necklace I call you that strings from  

before I was here to who knows where.  


A Question to Walk With: Tell the story of an absence that pulls on you. It might be the loss of a loved one or the loss of a dream or the loss of an identity or home. What is it that you miss and where might you find such energy now in your life? 


This is from my book, The Half-Life of Angels.  



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Sept 8-10: Mercy by the Sea, Madison, CT, Falling Down and Getting Up: The Practices That Keep Us Human. (web link) 

Sept 15-17: The Sophia Institute, Charleston, SC, Falling Down and Getting Up — Discovering your Inner Resilience and Strength. (web link) 

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Jan 7-13, 2024: Global Journeys, Guanacaste Costa Rica, Saying Yes to Life: The One Life We’re Given — A Weeklong Retreat. (web link ) 

Feb 5-10, 2024: Modern Elder Academy, Baja, Mexico, Falling Down and Getting Up: Discovering Your Own Resilience and Strength (web link) 

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