Thursday, September 11, 2008

In Loving Memory

I just couldn't let this day pass without paying respect to those who lost their lives this day seven years ago. In some ways it seems like only yesterday, but in other ways it seems like a lifetime ago. I had just lost my father to the terrorism of brain cancer, so for me the grief and horror of 9/11 is forever tied to that grief.

My heart goes out to everyone who has ever lost a loved one. Sadly, that means all of us sooner or later. May their memories live on in us.

for Josie

On the day when
the weight deadens
on your shoulders
and you stumble,
may the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
freeze behind
the gray window
and the ghost of loss
gets in to you,
may a flock of colors,
indigo, red, green
and azure blue
come to awaken in you
a meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
in the *curach of thought
and a stain of ocean
blackens beneath you,
may there come across the waters
a path of yellow moonlight
to bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
may the clarity of light be yours,
may the fluency of the ocean be yours,
may the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
wind work these words
of love around you,
an invisible cloak
to mind your life.

-John O'Donohue

*a type of sailing vessel


M.Kate said...

Dear Debbie, I remembered this day well. I still could not understand how anyone or any group can do such a thing, to do it was terrible, the after effects were even worst. My prayers for the lost lives.

May you have a good weekend.

Marina Capano said...

it was terrible! I am so sorry! all world will never forgot.