Open Towards the Heat of Life

A poem on cycles of life and death, and the indelible effects of separation from those we love. (Image: JPlenio on Pixabay)  Life plucks us when it is our time.Like the solodesertbloom:we are called to open towards the heat of lifeand then to closeat the perfect momentof day’s endinto cool, dark, expanseof infinity. In nature(as in life)there are never two …

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In Grief, Take As Long A Road As You Need

A poem in the wake of tragedy. Photo: Deborah McNamara (Boulder, Colorado; Site of the 3/22/21 mass shooting) In grief:Take as longa roadas you need,mingling withheartbreakingholy darknessgiving spaceto each chasmcalling for tending. When emerging,coming up for breathhold firm in keepinglightalive and well,find ways to live brightnessand lovein wakeof unimaginable heartlessness. Do not succumb to pressureto …

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Finding Refuge in Change: Love, Nature, Goodbyes

Sometimes, death offers bittersweet reminders. Photo: Deborah McNamara (Rhea and Nick, 1959) “I am slowly, painfully discovering that my refuge is not found in my mother, my grandmother, or even the birds of Bear River. My refuge exists in my capacity to love. If I can learn to love death then I can begin to …

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