Tuesday, July 9, 2013

21 Grams of Grace at 60





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The Trip of the Soul
Maria Rosaria Sannino




Some people just radiate it.

Like the shine on skin in the noonday sun,

it slides off easily

almost weightless,

the gravity of soul,

a part of that tiny amount we all lose at death.



On him, it feels as light as his blue eyes

on a summer morning

when the soft light plays a gigue

at the corner of his sleep,

while I dance a diaphanous two-step

my feet barely touching earth.




He doesn’t know it, but

his heart is as big as the ocean outside our door,

its vastness whispering the secrets of love

to ears attuned to its rhythm.

grace slides in and out 

with an ease I will never know,


that 21 grams of weight of his grace,

without bounds,

but for the touch of one soul upon another


as it fills the space between us.






copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2013




My husband makes me a better person. He is is best man I have ever known and he just celebrated his 60th birthday. This is for him.



Posted for dVerse

59 comments:

  1. happy birthday to your husband...and what a beautiful tender poem...love the images...the weighing grace in grams....cool

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  2. Beautiful! There is so much gratitude in your poem. Belated birthday wishes to the lucky man in your life.

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    1. Sometimes, we are saved by those close to us--sometimes once, sometimes again and again--

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  3. excellent title...the weight of a soul....woot, happy birthday to you hubs...and what a treat for him....slides in on an ease...love that...that is def grace...smiles...lovely poem...

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  4. Oh this is great... your husband must love this poem.. you sound so happy together...and the title is great.

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    1. I don't think h has read this one yet---Thanks!!

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  5. What a wonderful gift for him. Those of us who have husbands like that are so blessed. It's good to remember those graces when things are a little edgy...not that that ever happens. :0)

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    1. Ha--it always does, doesn't it?? Thank you Victoria!

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  6. Audrey, this is stunning! So full of love and gratitude. Did I understand correctly that this is a birthday love poem to your husband? May he know many more moments of joy.

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    1. Thank you Mary--he is a gem when he is not being a rascal! And yes, I am hoping we get to tour the block for a long time yet

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  7. There is truth and a real sense of knowing here, Audrey - the blessings of the soul coming to life in your love for your husband. Uplifting work...

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Scott--I am loving your work!!

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  8. Great poem for a wonderful sounding man. Give him a whole mess o' birthday sex tonight!

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    1. Hey Mosk! Thank you!! That sauce is bubbling away on the stove as we speak!

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  9. What a lovely & meaningful post ~ Happy special day to your hubby ~ Smiles ~

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  10. I love the soul of gravity you've worked with here. Excellent piece of writing.>KB

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  11. Audrey, what a beautiful and tender poem. I bet this is his best birthday present!! Nothing could surpass the love expressed in this way.

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  12. what a wonderful poem for your husband, Audrey. so much love truly felt here..:)

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  13. A beautiful poem... he would have loved this wonderful!

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  14. I have been thinking a lot about grace lately... I love this idea, and what a beautiful, loving tribute to your husband. Happy Birthday to him!

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    1. Thank you! I think about grace from time to time as well--and what it really means--

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  15. Lovely and absolutely true in terms of that grace one can feel. Glad that you have it in your life. k.

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  16. Such an awesome and glowing tribute. Happy, happy birthday and many many more even better than this one!

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  17. Such a beautiful and truly heartfelt and sincere piece. Would say your husband is a lucky man to be the recipient of this, but sounds like both of you are lucky to have each other! Nicely penned!

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    1. I think we are both lucky perhaps--Thank you Ginny!

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  18. What a beautiful birthday present--beautiful imagery, the stanzas are so lightly connected--like your "diaphanous two-step"--that this imaginary world created by your husband (or that is your husband) is delightful.

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  19. A wonderful poem, he is as lucky as you think yourself to be.

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  20. We are the better for the love you share. Thank you, Audrey. ~ M

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  21. What an incredibly lovely tribute poem!

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  22. Hope he had a great day and a great gift in your words indeed

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  23. such a small weight for it's ocean-like vastness. I had to look up gigue and found a video clip of two women dancing it.

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  24. What a lovely birthday tribute to the man you love...I am sure he is feeling very lucky today. :)

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  25. This is so filled with love - it radiates right out of the poem! I love it.

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  26. Something very salubrious about this Audrey, it is like a royal river....thanks

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  27. Audrey, a beautiful poem for your husband. This made me feel so nice. Thank you.

    Pamela

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  28. oh, a new favorite love poem. this is wonderful in structure, sentiment, and authenticity. loved it.

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  29. Love this love poem to your husband. It is just perfect.

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  30. I am a little late for the party! Happy birthday to your hubby....and you've given a wonderful present with a moving tribute!

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  31. Absolutely wonderful. Your hubby can count himself lucky to have you. Hope he had a Happy Birthday.

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  32. This is wonderful! The first stanza is strong and a great beginning.Happy birthday to your husband.

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  33. The poem speaks with the feel Audrey! An endearment on his big day, Happy Birthday to your hubby!

    Hank

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  34. What a beautiful poem! A precious gift to the man in your life. You are so blessed.

    Sannel

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  35. Love the poem and I hope he had a great birthday! :)

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  36. Just lovely! Brought tears to my eyes...I love true love stories! Happy B-day to hubby!

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