20.9.10

On loss

In memory, she sits vibrant and proud on the black leather couch
once fresh with sharp angles, now soft and cracked and worn
from years spent cradling the bodies of brothers, sisters, babies --
a boisterous and bold arc of family and friends.

Her laughter, raspy from the merciless march of time and loss,
was a beacon rising like flame. She was a burst of light
that settled around and inside me with the comfort of home
and belonging and roots that reached into my soul.

She loved with ripe ferocity, rich and ready to fight
for those she called her own, whether by blood or history.
And she was loved, intensely, infinitely, with the full weight
of the lives she touched without judgment or ridicule.

Yet, she is stronger than memory, more powerful than death.
She shall never be lost to the warm embrace of flesh or story.
As I bask in feeling of those enduring notes of sound, I know --
she is mine and I am hers, forever.

May you rest in peace, Aunt Runt (b. Wilda Mae). Your devotion to family and acceptance of all of us just the way we are over the past 76 years has shaped us all in ways we cannot fully explain. My heart is yours forever.

13 comments:

  • heather@actingbalanced.com

    So sorry for your loss, she seems like she was such a special lady!

  • iseeyoulookingatme

    I'm also sorry for your loss. What a beautiful way to honor her.

  • Cheri

    My sincere condolences on the loss of this special woman in your life. I could apply much of the same words to my Mom who passed at 56 from cancer, so I can imagine how you feel. Please let me know if I can do anything to help.

  • TKW

    She sounds like one hell of a broad. I'm sorry you're feeling the loss of her. ((you))

  • Kelly

    Thanks guys. My aunt was definitely special -- a salve to those she loved, a viper to those who crossed her. I hope to be just like her when all is said and done!

  • Courtney

    sorry for you loss, what a sweet little tribute to her

  • Draft Queen

    So sorry for your loss, Kelly.

  • Jami

    What a moving tribute, Kelly. I am sorry for your loss.

  • Justine

    Gorgeous tribute Kelly. I'm sorry for yous loss - she sounds like an amazing woman.

  • Stacia

    I hope you feel her light for a long time to come. I know she's shining down on you, from Somewhere, Somehow. I'm sorry, Kelly.

  • { L }

    This is so beautiful!

  • Rudri

    So sorry for your loss Kelly. Very moving tribute.

  • Cheryl

    What a beautiful tribute. I'm so sorry for your loss, Kelly. Thinking of you and your family.

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