Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Stalking the Sunset
We walk the fine edge,
between this world and the next,
trying to heal our pain, recover from our illnesses,
adjusting to the decline of the body
that has transported us so far.
You have fought a long battle, old pal of mine.
I am sensing your grasp on life slowly slipping away.
Your eyes are on the eagle, flying free of his fetters.
You are communing with deer in your garden.
The orcas pass by, your mind engraving
the vision and the joy.
Your heart is loving and mourning this beautiful earth
you are slowly leaving.
We are never ready to let go
of the beauty we have loved so well.
For 35 years, you have always been there:
at the other end of the telephone,
through my joys and sorrows,
on the other side of my screen,
sharing all I was learning.
We have witnessed, encouraged and supported
each other's journey,
collaborated on songs,
shared our love of the wild,
You have been my friend, my mentor,
my guide, my guru.
You have shown me the way,
walking your pilgrim's path of the soul,
listening to your inner guides.
You can never really be gone from me.
On the other side, for you,
there will be a radiance:
your face shining as it did in coffeehouse days,
when candles flickered on you smiling in the glow,
singing Gentle Jonathan and Forever Young.
I will see you forever
strumming your guitar, singing your songs
of trees and rivers and eagles in flight.
On the other side: Manders, curled,
purring on your chest -
and no more tumors, shortness of breath,
fatigue and diminishing health.
Just an expansion of the soul
which has grown too large
for your chest to contain,
and needs more room in which to grow.
In memory, you will always be
on stage at Brock and Friends,
or, later, stalking the sunset,
camera in hand, at Chestermans Beach.
It is in sunsets I will forever see you,
old friend of mine.
Always remember, on the other side of sunset
comes the dawn.
That is where I'll find you,
once you're gone.
- for Susan's prompt at Midweek Motif, Healing/Recovery, which included the words "healing into death"........