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Georgian Chant of the Ocean- A Poem

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.


Joan J Bell from Texas 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.


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