Category Archives: death

For Whom the Bell Tolls

It’s Good Friday. I used to be Catholic, but no longer. Yet Holy Week still feels sacred to me and on Good Friday I like to do the Stations of the Cross in the big overgrown garden behind the rectory … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Tattoos on the Heart”

A kid walks into the office of Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, in the heart of LA’s gang district. He’s fresh from prison. Tattooed from ear to ear with his forehead emblazoned with, “F**k the World,” he leans … Continue reading

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A Christmas Ornament

It’s December 1993. My dad’s in the hospital. His cancer’s returned. It’s not looking good for him. I’m at home decorating my Christmas tree. I placed all the ornaments on the branches just so, each one reminding me of something … Continue reading

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Evening Stroll

I heard thunder rumble. Far away. The sun was shining. Very bright for 7:30 in the evening. Almost like midday. But not as hot. Today was a scorcher. July in central Florida can be one hot, muggy hell. But it … Continue reading

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Lucky for Awhile

Lucky was not our cat. He belonged to a neighbor a couple doors down. But the owner was out of town a lot and he had two other cats, so Lucky hung around our place a lot.  My sons and … Continue reading

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The Funeral of a Friend

I have come from the funeral of a friend. A funeral bathed in light and tears and beautiful winged words that pierced the heart with knowing. And upon the altar of light, in front, on a small square table sat … Continue reading

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Too Firmly Planted?

I just read a poem. A beautiful poem that makes no sense, yet it does. The kind that bypasses your brain, goes straight to the solar plexus. I want to make poetry like that, get my feet off the ground, … Continue reading

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Drummer Boy

Was talking to my neighbor in the driveway today–her chubby little one propped on her hip. “Did you hear about Tommy’s boy?” she said, with a look.  “Killed in a car accident–no seat belt.” I didn’t know Tommy’s boy, even … Continue reading

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For Zoe

Precarious life light as breath hangs in the balance, a bundle of golden fur named Zoë. Heart of my heart, soul sister, shy, bitchy snuggler. No secrets, we– naked to each other. Nineteen years from frisky kitten to tired old … Continue reading

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Beautifying Death

The pall on the casket was beautiful; clean white linen bordered with black. My eyes were fixed upon its pristine beauty; a beauty that denied the ugliness of death, the body inside composed and altered to appear as though asleep– … Continue reading

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