shining, brilliant, bright and free

we lost a friend this week, Wendy Chioji, who died after a long battle with cancer. She modeled how to approach the end with humor, courage and grace. This was written on the morning I heard of her passing.  For Wendy….

sunset yosemite valley 1840-2

 

shining, brilliant, bright and free

 

she died last night, which of course

is impossible, her eyes, that laugh

and, of course, her smile.

there’s a shadow-shaped hole

in the sun this morning – I close my eyes

and imagine her nearing the end

growing smaller as the tumors

tip the balance. can see her drawing

each difficult breath, shallowing, thinning

into shadow. can see her turning

to face a light only she can see.

can see her smile, of course, see her draw

one long unfettered breath, see her

shimmering now into light, becoming wind

rising through the bright leaves of autumn

like a star, like a smile, like a season

unto herself — shining, brilliant, bright

and free.

 

© 2019 jafink/oldbonesnewsnow.com

 

 

 

 

6 thoughts on “shining, brilliant, bright and free

  1. gorgeous…thanks for that. *Sharon Sams* *Soul Renewal* *760-212-3565*

    *https://www.facebook.com/sensiblesoulrenewal/ * *www.sensiblesoulrenewal.com *

    On Fri, Oct 11, 2019 at 8:15 AM old bones, new snow wrote:

    > bonesnsnow posted: “we lost a friend this week, Wendy Chioji, who died > after a long battle with cancer. She modeled how approach the end with > humor, courage and grace. This was written on the morning I heard of her > passing. For Wendy…. shining, brilliant, brigh” >

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