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March 07, 2021


Thank you terry, Steve thanks you too.

beautiful poem

Oh Clarinda How sassy and classy Death is in your marvelous hands

Classic Clarinda - beautifully written.

Beautiful poem. I'm so sorry for your loss. The crows at the beginning are very cinematic.

exacting details...loss and foible. great art: clarity made of mixed feelings.
thank you, Clarinda.

It’s as if I were there. From home, to there, back home again, from ashes, to Ireland. To where? The mind wanders where the body will not go.

Epic intimacy.

Sad and beautiful. Loved this poem.

Thanks for sharing this with us, Clarinda! You are amazing...

Oh, Dear One, how important it was, for both of you to know and love each other.

How lucky I was to know him through your generosity.


Sending this to a friend who's in a similar situation.

"Note: At the grave, a strange woman / had hung around to be alone with you."

There's a whole other poem waiting to be teased from those two lines.

I love the way Clarina's off-handedness (can there ever truly be "off-handedness" in any poem as adroitly constructed as this one?) makes us think of deeper, swirling recesses of fugitive emotion and parallel loss.

"You'd laugh at how pissed off I was."

This is a real relationship, a balance of blues and bouyancy.

Brava, Clarinda!

You're right, Earle. There might even be a novel lurking
in this poem. And it doesn't even have to be written. Just felt.

Thank you. It took me away for a moment.

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