Friday, August 03, 2012

my two mothers

2007

2007
 Ned's mother died in October 2006, my mother died in May 2007.  In the summer of 2007, I wrapped this beautiful but dead white pine in memory of my two mothers.
2008

2009

2010

2010

2011

2012
It takes five years to write a poem.
"you shatter it down until you get to a line - a word"  Leonard Cohen

14 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I think of living a life -- how it takes a lifetime to get to the line, the word. Here's to your mothers. xo

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  2. i have to echo...beautiful is indeed the word.

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  3. That was my word too.....Beautiful. Condensation....that is another. Blessings to our Mothers all. ox

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  4. yes, beautiful...to all of our mothers.

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  5. Yes. This is fine, meaning beautiful. But I have to say, on first reading I read it as "sheltering down" and I like that just as well. It's as if the poem is in us, somewhere and we must hold it for a while first. Maybe in our sheltering we are also shattering.
    A toast to all of our mother's, always with us.

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  6. More memorial than sarcophagus or words carved in stone--this profound monument visited each year.

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  7. I love the way you mourn, the way you memoralize. I 'spect it takes (at least) 5 years to unlearn all but the most important, all but the necessary words.

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  8. he might be right

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  9. oh this is poignant and amazing xxxxx

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  10. Profound.

    My dad passed early summer, I am profoundly moved, opened.

    thank you again

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  11. namaste Judy... your work goes deep

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  12. This post has touched me today because I do not get along with my mother recently. Relationships between mothers and daughters are not always easy.
    Your feelings have made me forget my bad feelings.

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  13. this feels very true.

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  14. Anonymous10:06 am

    lovely memorial...

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Thank you for taking the time to connect. Much appreciated.xx