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Archive for Sunday, September 16, 2001

Untitled poem expresses sense of loss

September 16, 2001

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This poem was written by Kansas University dance professor Joan Stone after her husband's death:

it is autumn
the time of the mountain
which was so hard to get across
even when we went
the two of us together
how will you manage to cross alone?
the seventh century Chinese poet asks
I am crossing
at first in shock
then in tears
now with eyes open
crossing sideways
pulled toward life
and pulled toward death
or is there death in both directions?
forward steps
backward steps
oblique steps
open steps
crossing steps
Thelma Thelma
I hear you calling
I am struggling
two steps forward
retracing
one step back
searching seeking
two steps forward
remembering
one step back
I am crossing

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