When she was young, she lived on her last dollar and books and dreams.
She worked as though her life depended on it.
She watched and smiled, said yes I’ll marry you.
She died and birthed her boy.
She played her heart on that piano and her husband heard
and loved her again.
She questioned, ate disbelief. She wept.
She prayed and prayed. She received.
She slow danced with ideas,
She was frail, a leaf the wind turned over, and
a rock you couldn’t move.
She sang blues and hymns and dreams.
She struggled to get off ground some days, and
wrote her way into clouds and drank their rain.
She asked God for one more day because she erred, wounded, and grieved.
She loved deeply. She didn’t love enough.
She hoped her life was enough.
Comments all yours if you’d like to write your own here.
200 thoughts on “My Obituary”
Here’s to slow dancing with ideas!
Welcome back. =)
Yes, here’s to the dance. *clink*
And speaking of obits,
glad that you’re alive. =)
Not as glad as I am, I’m guessing 😉 But it is good to be back, and thanks for the warm welcome. =)
ALways. Here…let me pull out your chair. There you go *fluff pillow*.
Hmm, I’m feeling like I really should get some proper writing done now. But I can’t find the inspiration, even sitting here in Hemingway’s favorite writing chair…hang on a minute! Hemingway, like a whole bunch of other people actually wrote standing up! http://www.openculture.com/2013/10/ernest-hemingway-standing-desk.html
Aha, maybe there’s a blog post to be had in exploring this conundrum, after all. =)
I learned this when I started blogging last year. But I’d like to know why. The link to Popular Science which is supposed to elaborate on the virtues of standing desks leads nowhere.
I suspect it has more to do with alleviating the strain on the lower back from sitting too long than anything much else. It’s probably better for the circulation, too. But it’s still intriguing, I agree. I myself even once considered the option of writing while walking on my treadmill at home, when I was really struggling to finish off my novel. I used to describe myself at that incredibly overwrought time as a completist suffering from completion anxiety. Ha! 🙂
Wow! You sure know how to write! Beautiful poem.
Very sweet of you, Sharon. Thanks a bunch for the follow. Welcome to A Holistic Journey!
Your poems always remind me of sketches. Sketches that draw deep into paper with smudges, shading, fine lines and all. And I suppose we can never really love enough, we can only do our best though. And that in itself, is enough.
Keep singing, Diana.
I don’t know why I missed this comment, E. Chills! You gave me chills. Such loving, thoughtful feedback on my work. THANK you (doesn’t seem enough).
“She hoped her life was enough.”
And her blog – right?
*The biggest grin*
Yes, M. She certainly hoped her blog was enough.
Thoughtful of you to bring up my blog, Malcolm.
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Beautiful! It will stay with me!
So very sweet. Why not write your own? =)
It is actually on my list of possible future posts Diana – waiting for just the right time when it feel right and I feel inspired. Yours blew me away though!
If I don’t happen to catch it when it’s up please tap me. =)
I find your response to this piece interesting, Jodi, bc I feel it’s not one of my strongest works. I also didn’t birth it in the travail and anguish I do most of my poems. =) I’m thinking it spoke to (or reflected) where you happen to be now, perhaps in a place where you want to take stock of things? =) No need for a reply. Just musing. =)
Hmmm…… deep thoughts – I like that… I have only begun to follow your work so I can’t speak to if it is as “strong” as others. I often struggle, to be quite honest – and I hate saying that because then it means I’m not usually honest – UGH – but trying to admit vulnerably – with understanding poetry. Sometimes I read others’ poems and I just don’t get it – and it makes me mad! LOL! – but this one seemed to really speak of your life journey – honestly and openly. I am always wishing to take stock – never sure where to begin and end – never sure to write or not – but learning and growing as I go – and enjoying the journey. Thanks for reflecting on my response and taking the time and care to write. I am deeply moved that you did that! Thank you, Diana.
Aw, I so appreciate the thoughtful reply, Jodi.
I think you should just
I will try! 🙂
She hoped her life was enough – what a line! It is a wonderful poem, seriously.
Thank you, Inese.
Beautiful. I just lost my mother. Her eulogy is posted at alawyersprayers.com.
Very beautifully done – and certainly enough for your readers (although I’m sure they would all appreciate much more).
Taken aback, Andrew. Thank you for the generous, thoughtful feedback.
A little young for an obituary, but ideas live and die too. Hope there is more joy in love reborn! Beautiful. I am a lover of books and words you weave your words well!
=) Thank you
Thank you so much for the follow! Love your poetry, looking forward to spending some time here!
I appreciate the reciprocal pledge of support. Thank you for the good word. Hope to stay connected.
(I admire runners.)
such beautiful words, lyrical and full of lovely images
Thanks, Grace. =) Appreciate your taking a moment for the good word.
Thanks for the “like.” Glad to discover your blog.
My pleasure. Appreciate the follow, Michele. Welcome!
What a powerful poem!
I appreciate the golden word and the follow, Jan. WELcOme to a Holistic Journey!
God bless and thank you for dropping by.
Beautiful – I love when I find new blogs I enjoy. Thank you!
I appreciate your time here. Thanks for taking a moment for the feedback.
Wishing you all things good and healthful in the new year,
Interesting. In the obit post you died only once. I wonder how many times I have died and been reborn. Not of spirit but of the changing winds of time.
Love your writing.
Live Well, Laugh Often, Love Much. Smile!
Actually, I’ve shared on more than one occasion here that this cat’s still got two lives. =)
I appreciate the good word on my writing. Thanks for the support today, Carl.
Such a beautiful and moving poem. As a mum, I can relate myself to all the sentiments you capture so well. Thank you for sharing the whisperings of your heart xx Rowena
Sweet to hear, thank you. I appreciate the follow as well. Would love to stay connected.
Thanks, Diana. Looking forward to it
Thanks, K. =)
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& she inspired the fellow bloggers that helped them to evolve in their writing journey 🙂
Aw…that is very, very sweet. Thanks for sharing that. =)
Alright…….I get it…Its some nice Feminist poetry…Well done <(")
JK…Its really well written 🙂
You would see from the rest of my work that I’m a far cry from a feminist. Thanks for the follow. =) Welcome.
This is so good, love the last lines, she asked god for one more day because she erred, we all do ask for one more chance to undo the done. Love this truly. Thank you!
Thanks for connecting. I appreciate the follow, A. Welcome!
thank you, I followed because i wanted to be able to read more of your posts which are very inspiring and interesting to read. Thank you for the like which led me to your incredible blog! 🙂
Well, you certainly put yourself on my radar. =) I look fwd to sharing in your journey as well. Thx so much for the sweet encouragement. Talk again.
Beautiful and eloquent poem. It poses the very existential questions of our life journey. All spoken from the heart. Touching and musical.
Thanks so much for taking the time. =)
You are welcome.
Wow! Wow! Wow! Hope you live long, but this is so well written!
Triple Wow? I’ll take it. =) Thanks, Kunal.
Beautiful . . .
Thank you. =) And I appreciate the follow.
I really liked you blog ….thanks to you 🙂