Sunday, September 30, 2007

September 30

1996

from church
where we learned to follow Jesus
love our neighbors
pray for our enemies

to veil
black knit scarf
wrapped around your head
showing only the oval of your face

from silliness
and earnestness
and honesty
to stone faces
"What's that," Nadia asks,
"on my mother's face?"
and she points to your smile
in the photograph.
from Florida and family
to Seattle and stranger
from daughter to wife
mother
maniac

they talk about grace
and forgiveness
and letting go
you go away
and stay away
and I look in my heart:

I have no grace left

you go away
and stay away
and I'm supposed to forgive
you
him

me

go
and be gone

happy birthday

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