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May182010

Towards the Afterlife (2004)

Towards the Afterlife

 

When I see birds I think of freedom

Only birds can chase each other in the sky
The mourning doves are different though

Their wings and spirit say,

Wait and know, death and change

The chimney smoke of memory does not disappear
I met a spirit while flying on the wind
I accept the suspense in such spiritual evolution
It is better to say you are part of my heart, 

than ask complicated questions

Driving we are full of possibility
Whistling we are in a forest and the angels may come

The hand of God is an uncharted map
Somewhere there must be the Wisconsin river,

Somewhere … the friends of Gideon

We may return to the waters after baptism

The part that is land is of no concern

The current is strong for this time of year

From far away we are feathers,
Sinking and floating again

I am part of an eagle's nest

I am what I thought I would be

 

 

(a poem written in memory of John E. Barnett, 2004)

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