Saturday, February 28, 2015

To Cheat Death



The Morguefile



In my dreams
we cheat death

pulling toes backward
just in time

announcing lists
to empty air.

There are things to be said
though not the time to say them,

instead, they crowd my heart
take up small rooms.

We sort through them
and hope that is enough.



copyright/all rights reserved Audrey Howitt 2015


Two friends died unexpectedly this week.  I am a bit lost in it right now.

Posted for Dverse





24 comments:

  1. i would much rather sort through them
    than leave them boxed in that room...never shared
    you know....smiles.

    i am sorry for the loss of your friends
    that is hard...hugs

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  2. "In my dreams / we cheat death" - this is a powerful opening and one that is made stronger by your explanation. I can understand your sense of bewilderment and loss, Audrey.

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  3. Hard to lose one's friends, Audrey; especially two in one week. I have a friend battling serious cancer now....I think in our friends' mortality we see our own. I definitely do. Not easy. I am sorry for your loss.

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  4. I know exactly what you mean. I know what you feel. We all bear the words that were meant to be said and never were. Although they come back by night and day throughout your life, changed, with imagined answers, with hoped for responses, with love in their eyes in your dreams. Beautiful piece. The loss is palpable.

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  5. I'm so sorry, Audrey. Peace to you and their families. ~

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  6. I am so sorry for the loss of your friends Audrey ~ Death makes us wish we said some things & if only we can unravel time ~

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  7. You have expressed that emptiness and loss that you feel with such clarity. We who have suffered such loss relate and feel it too. My sincerest condolences on the loss of your dear friends, Audrey.

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  8. "There are things to be said / though not the time to say them,"...the feelings that haunt us when they are no more...so sorry for your loss Audrey...

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  9. things that were never said crowd your heart. :(


    in state, faithful lying

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  10. i' sorry for the loss of your friend... it is tough when death hits - and even more if it comes unexpected... hugs...

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  11. A loss.. isn't that when we wonder how to handle those rooms of things we never said.. where should we store them when time's run out. so sorry of your loss...

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  12. I wish it were only a dream. So sorry for your loss. Your poem really shines.

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  13. I cheated death once, eight years ago. I don't think I'll tempt fate again. Life for the moment and ride this bad boy as far as possible. :) I'm sorry for your losses.

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  14. Sorry for your great loss, take care. It is very difficult when you lose someone. Wonder why such things happen.

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  15. Sorry for your loss, Audrey. Sending you healing vibes to overcome the loss.

    With regards to your prose...I agree we cheat each day sometimes knowingly and mostly unkowingly...gotta be aware of it!

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  16. I am so sorry for your loss. You have written a lovely tribute.

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  17. Yes. In drreams only. And sometimes death cheats us.

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  18. A lovely, poignant piece that resonated deeply for me.

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  19. I had to pull my toes back to feel what it's like. I love this.

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  20. beautiful poem about being on the edge of things.
    sorry that you have lost friends.

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  21. Beautiful words of the emptiness of loss, loss of which I understand so well. So sorry you have lost your friends.
    Anna

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  22. I particularly like this part:

    In my dreams
    we cheat death

    pulling toes backward
    just in time

    So sorry to hear about the two deaths. I lost an aunt the other day (a very sad story).

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