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More Poetry . . . and Letting Go

Dear friends . . . 

My mom died last Saturday evening.

Peacefully.  With my dad and Tom and I at her side, and the rest of our family with her in spirit.

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It's been a rough summer.  And I thank you all for your kind words of love and support.

I'm working through it.

Poetry helps.


In Blackwater Woods

Look, the trees
are turning
their own bodies
into pillars

of light,
are giving off the rich
fragrance of cinnamon
and fulfillment,

the long tapers
of cattails
are bursting and floating away over
the blue shoulders

of the ponds,
and every pond,
no matter what its
name is, is

nameless now.
Every year
I have ever learned

in my lifetime
leads back to this: the fires
and the black river of loss
whose other side

is salvation,
whose meaning
none of us will ever know.
To live in this world

you must be able
to do three things:
to love what is mortal;
to hold it

against your bones knowing
your own life depends on it;
and, when the time comes to let it go,
to let it go.

–Mary Oliver (American Primitive, 1983)



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I know what a special relationship you had with your Mom. My heart goes out to you and much love is sent your way. xoxo


My heart is breaking for all of you..... Keeping you in my thoughts and sending you a big warm hug!

Linda in VA


Sending sincere condolences and much love, along with hope that you'll find strength, peace, and be sustained by all your loving memories.


Delurking... I am so sorry. Think of this as a big hug from Spokane, WA. My prayers of peace and love are with you. :)KK


Sending heartfelt condolences and love your way. Katie

Sue N

Crying for you Kim, she came across as such a special lady in your posts. My love and hugs to you all at this sad time xxx


Mary always has the words. Sending you peace and love, Kym.


My sympathy to you and your family. Keeping you in prayer and hoping you will find peace & a sense of calm in the days ahead.


I've been thinking about you constantly. I'm glad you're finding comfort in the words of Mary Oliver, her poems often fit so many times in your life. Love you.


I'm so very sorry for your family's loss, Kym.

Sending thoughts, love, and prayers from Wisconsin.


Peace and love to you all.


I am so sorry for your loss, Kym.


I'm so very sorry for your loss. May the memories you hold dear sustain you through this difficult time.

Julia in KW

Kym, I'm so sorry to hear glad you were able to be there these last months. Hugs to you and yours!


I am so sorry Kym on the passing of your Mom. I hope the memories of your mother wrap you in comfort and give you peace as you and your family celebrate her life.


Oh Kym, I'm sorry but I'm also glad you don't have to worry about her anymore. I think you were so lucky to have her as long as you did, especially when you were able to do things together.

God bless your mom and all of your family. Take care.


So sorry for your loss Kym, sending a big hug, Rachel

Kim in Oregon

I'm so sorry for your loss--warm thoughts are with you--


You are the beautiful embodiment of your mother and uniquely you. This is a gift you will have forever. My heart and sympathy go out to you at this time of grieving.


sending love and prayers for strength and peace... letting go is hard. xoxo, M.


Kym, my deepest condolences on your mother's passing. May your feelings of loss be soothed by the wonderful memories of an amazing woman.


Kym, my deepest condolences on the loss of your sweet mother. May you be surrounded by her love and memories as they sustain you in the coming days. Sending you peace, my friend XO


I am so very, very sorry for your loss. I know you had a strong bond with your mum and will miss her dreadfully.
Please accept my sincere condlences, sent with love. Take care of your self.

Cheryl S.

I'm so sorry, Kym.

Sending love and hugs.


Kym - I am so very sorry for your loss. How heartbreakingly beautiful and expressive of this moment is the poem.
Holding you and your family in the Light.

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