dogwood winter revisited

And now he is the last one left
Out of a family of eight.
One by one they were taken
suicide,
car accident,
cancers.

Dogwood winter,
a phrase the old-timers used
when I was a girl in the mountains.
Now so true:
the beauty of the bloom in the midst of sharp wind
creamy petals in the midst of bare limbs
It looks like it should feel so good in that sunshine
but the wind cuts through
to the bone.

And now again, sisters will close out a household.
A mother is gone.

Bittersweet circle
we tear at your edges trying to find some new image
only to find no knife is sharp enough.

(c. hcs 7 April 2009)

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~ by hannahcsykes on April 7, 2009.

One Response to “dogwood winter revisited”

  1. hmmm. very thoughtful

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