Saturday, February 25, 2012

Saturday in CinCity

My Dead Friends


by Marie Howe



I have begun,

when I'm weary and can't decide an answer to a bewildering question



to ask my dead friends for their opinion

and the answer is often immediate and clear.



Should I take the job? Move to the city? Should I try to conceive a child

in my middle age?



They stand in unison shaking their heads and smiling—whatever leads

to joy, they always answer,



to more life and less worry. I look into the vase where Billy's ashes were —

it's green in there, a green vase,



and I ask Billy if I should return the difficult phone call, and he says, yes.

Billy's already gone through the frightening door,



whatever he says I'll do.



5 comments:

  1. The opening lines of this song seem pertinent in relation to the poem...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzwljcQ5_Ps&feature=related

    And if you are enjoying Into the Silence, about Everest, you may also enjoy Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, if you haven't read it already.

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    1. Darn it...I can't pull up this video. I'll try Into Thin Air--I believe Hubby read it. Right now I'm obsessed with WWI and reading the Everest book due to that connection. Also have Amazoned The Beauty and the Sorrow. I've been "Downtonized." :>) Thanks so much for continuing to stop by; I really appreciate it.

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  2. More life and less worry...sounds good to me...

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  3. I'm sure you miss your friend's wise words.

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  4. "whatever leads to joy"

    Good advice. I need to remember that as I go through my days. Lovely poem, btw.

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Hey, thanks for your thoughts and your time:>)