This time, last year…

At this time last year, we were participating in a vigil and waiting for my father to leave our midst. This is a poem I wrote some short weeks before that. It captures somewhat the thoughts that were in my head at the time.

Hole

Hole

Round and black,
Low in your back,
Pack and re-pack;
You ride the track—
To your last stop.

Hole

In the ground,
Where you are bound,
We’ll make the mound,
Scarce with a sound—
After you drop.

Hole

In my head,
When you are dead,
Soft shall we tread,
Our feet of lead—
Your spouse and scop.

Hole

In my heart,
When you depart,
Tears can not thwart
The sorrow, smart—
Let sound my “YAWP”.

Kathleen Mortensen©2008

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26 thoughts on “This time, last year…

  1. sad times. My wife's father died a few weeks ago, and I'm travelling north at the end of the week for the funeral of my pal's dad. my own slipped away in chasracteristically furtive style some time ago.

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  2. Brian, tell your wife I'm sorry for her loss and know how she feels. I guess we reach a certain age and it is one of those things we must contend with, but it is still hard, isn't it?

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  3. Thanks for sharing this, Kat and I'm sorry for your loss. My own parents each slipped away quickly and without fanfare…no time for vigils or even goodbye save for after the fact…Some would argue, but I think grief is actually a gift because it forces reconsideration of what is important. Thinking of you today.

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  4. Hi Kat, I can truly empathize with you, for this is the anniversary of my father's passing, too. November 16th, a day when we reflect on the significance and love emanating from our dear Dads.

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  5. Jeanne, I'm sorry for your loss. It is actually tomorrow that is the true anniversary. I hope to post something of my dad's as a bit of a tribute to his artistic endeavours.Baino, I know you understand this loss too. Thank you.

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  6. My sympathies Kat. My father died 23 years ago and I know I'm still feeling the loss. It is a hole forever.Love the humour in the tragedy of your words.My thoughts are with you.

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  7. Your dad is in my prayers.Look for an email regarding 'Gethsemane'.It is what you think but not what you think if that makes any sense.Your Dad is looking down and he is proud.keep the faith, Kat~m

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