Monday, October 21, 2013

Keeping On

Well, if you knew the myriad things I would be doing today or even thinking about, you'd read no further. In lieu of telling you about them, then, I'll post a poem -- as always one that I flipped to randomly and that so perfectly addresses my day -- my moment -- both the disconnection and the reflection --

A Raincoat's Embrace

Well, you knew this had to happen:
that you would sit up in bed one night, thinking,
I feel like I have already left this world
And maybe you have. Or maybe not. In this life,
so little is revealed

But if you stand at the window long enough,
you can watch the bad hours peel themselves
back from the horizon and float away, as if
no one needs them anymore
In other houses, lights go on. Children are
awakened. Coffee is poured

In your house, the embrace of a raincoat
       brings back memories
An unexpected kiss finally explains itself
and you agree (we all agree) to soldier on

Eleanor Lerman


  1. We would always read further, Elizabeth. Always.

  2. I love that poem. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    In case you would like to read another beautiful poem, yesterday my friend Robin (at "Grief and Gratitude") shared one of the most beautiful poems I've ever read. Today is the 3rd anniversary of her son Matthew's passing, and she posted one (of two) which her friends have written for him. What a lovely gift, to write a poem for such a time in a friend's journey! There is something unique about poets and their poems (even though I always want to type that as "peots" and "peoms").

  3. What Ms.Moon said.

    And a truly lovely piece of poetry. Sigh.



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