Over 30 years in human services working for and with people with developmental disabilities.
The moon rises in the pale blue sky
Tilted and pale, and wide eyed
Surprised to find me, bald twin,
Staring back, pale gray, bone thin
Standing defiantly to an invasion within.
The sandpipers hop, sidestep and jab repeatedly
Stilted and disjointed, and always frantic
Startled by me, they jump to flight
Only to circle back and return to land
Covering the pale sand with more hieroglyphic prints.
The sunlight dances like beacons
Musical and jeweled, and ever transient
Touched by a breeze, the ocean ripples
And the ballet of light changes
An allemande before the distance chorus line.
Weak of knee, I bend down to mother earth
Countless warms grains halts my slide
Six feet under, another day they whisper
Another day I agree and lay flat
Folded hands rests on hollowed stomach.
My temporal bones resonate rhythmically
Bearing Gregorian chant of the ocean
Inward, my blood crests and lulls in hidden passages
Silent tongue receives the grains of salt
In the wind, I hear strands of the requiem.
© 2018 Kathy Burton
Kathy Burton (author) from Florida on February 11, 2018:
She was amazing. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.
Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on February 11, 2018:
Such a beautiful poem and a beautiful elegy to your sister-in-law. She must have been a special person for you to remember her in such an amazing way. Thank you for sharing this.
Kathy Burton (author) from Florida on February 08, 2018:
Love the last stanza to that song. Quite a compliment from you. I feel like I need to develop more in my profile but haven't decided which direction I am going with it. Writing is not easy for me but it is fun especially when I get comments. And I thoroughly enjoy your work.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 08, 2018:
This reminds me of a song by the late Dan Fogelberg called "The Reach." Listen to it if you get the chance. On a side note, thank you for the work you did in social services over the years...you have my respect.
Kathy Burton (author) from Florida on February 05, 2018:
Thank you for taking the time to read this poem and leave a comment.
Kari Poulsen from Ohio on February 05, 2018:
This is as beautiful as it is heartbreaking. I especially liked the first part and the description of the moon. Blessings to you!
Kathy Burton (author) from Florida on January 28, 2018:
Thank you for the kind words. She was a wonderful sister-in-law.
Marie Allred from Missouri City on January 28, 2018:
That was so heartbreakingly elegant and beautiful, I just stumbled across this poem in my feed and it made me cry. I'm so sorry for your loss.