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My friend Lee McCormack has just shared another of his poems on Facebook, and since it seems to touch a chord in me, (recently passed the second wedding anniversary date since my husband died, as last week's poem indicated, and also recently learned of the unexpected death from cancer of my aunt's second husband) I'm sharing it here, in hopes it will do the same for you.



Means "beautiful voice" from Greek καλλος (kallos) "beauty" and οψ (ops) "voice". In Greek mythology she was a goddess of epic poetry and eloquence, one of the nine Muses.  

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The Passing

The day will pass away, the evening, this hour. . .
The delays and hesitations, hurts and laughter
that disturb my blood. . . Surely they will pass. . .

Still, I will sit in the garden of tombstones
and study the light. . . the way it falls between the oaks
disguised as an undiscovered absence. . .

The day will pass away, and something in me will pass with it. . .
But it will only be visible in windows and mirrors, the evidence
entirely circumstantial that someone was here. . .

And yet my blood will still rise from dirt with desire, defying
god's gravity, winding with water and wind through my body
in every awakening, open-eyed love. . .

In an instant, in the space between two heartbeats and the silence
that is the total sum of all heartbeats, something will pass away
that has been, that is, and always was, but is not, I.

LHM © 2014

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Originally posted to Readers and Book Lovers on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 02:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Indigo Kalliope.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    What I want to know is, who's going to pay for these crimes against humanity that those b@st@rds are perpetrating against the rest of us?

    by Kit RMP on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 02:00:02 PM PDT

  •  Thanks for this wonderful poem. (2+ / 0-)
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    Kit RMP, ruleoflaw
  •  Seems as we get older that life is more (1+ / 0-)
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    Kit RMP

    and more a string of anniversaries of what we've lost. It's sometimes hard to keep in mind the things we've gained, and can still hold onto. Thank you for the lovely poem.

  •  Just so everyone knows.... (1+ / 0-)
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    I've been working on picking out photos and creating a powerpoint presentation in connection with an award for photography being presented in my late husband's memory, at the national SAAB Owners' Convention, which is being held in the Redmond, OR area this year. The convention started today, (Thursday) and I'll be going up on Saturday for the day, and the presentation of that and other awards. From there, after the convention ends, on Sunday at noon, I'll be caravaning up to Lummi Island, WA with some friends, for whom I'll be house-sitting for the following week, while they attend another convention elsewhere.

    I'm going to put a diary for next week together before I go, but I'm not altogether sure how my internet access will be for the week.  So, if you don't see much of me around for awhile, that'll be why.

    Thank you, everyone who stopped by and read this diary. Lee's poetry is always well worth the time and effort, in my estimation!

    What I want to know is, who's going to pay for these crimes against humanity that those b@st@rds are perpetrating against the rest of us?

    by Kit RMP on Thu Aug 07, 2014 at 02:01:37 PM PDT

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