Creatures of a Brief Season

“I heard a fly buzz — when I died” ~ Emily Dickinson

We are holding hands as we open

a memory of a golden day

when he ran to rescue a manatee.

Tall and vibrant, like a boy eager

to bring his strength.  A lovely

day interrupted now

by this susurrous procession 

of shuffling mourners.

They lean in and share a shaft

of grief, and your hold tightens.

Steady now.  I am grounded 

to the earth.  Sitting beside this casket,

I’m spacious and here for you,

channeling all these piercing

emotions, so bright like tears

and sharp as knives

through your tired heart.

They keep coming with these strange

gifts, faces bending near

well-meaning, and you squeeze

when a sudden burst explodes

after a quiet word.  And still

you continue to welcome their love.

I keep sending it all to the earth.

Later, standing in the back alone

while the preachers intone words and more

words, no songs today,

I watch people squirming.

Insects have gathered to pay

their respects, biting and teasing

unmercifully.  Nipping flies and when

a huge june bug lumbers

up the suit jacket in front of me, 

aimed for a glistening neck,

I touch the stranger beside me,

pointing.  These aged condolers

stoic as they resist

the sun, the insistent bugs,

the stifling heat.  Honking horns

and motorcycles leaking disco

call us to attention.  In this vibrant

uncomfortable moment, we feel

our own life force burning

in love and sorrow, scratching

our wounded flesh, wiping away the sweat.


Inspired by these prompts: June bug, Disco, Boy, Vibrant, Welcome, Susurrous, Steady


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Victoria Stuart

I'm a poet, philosopher and inner seeker. A giver, lover and a healer who studies the heart.

3 thoughts on “Creatures of a Brief Season”

  1. Can I just say, with joyful anticipation I awaited your post. And this beautifully artistic piece made my heart ache, in a good way. “channeling all these piercing emotions, so bright like tears, and sharp as knives, through your tired heart”…so expressive, I’m right there. Love it ❤

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  2. Thanks so much! Almost didn’t do one today since I had an early start with other things. And then once I started writing, I realized how much yesterday’s funeral had affected me. Which keeps me committed to doing one a day. (And your comment helps me stay committed!) By the way, I love your new photo. You look so happy!

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    1. Regarding new pic: Aw, thank you 🙂
      About writing: I know that feeling. I have some of mine scheduled and then when spontaneous writings just “have to” happen, I post them too. I’m glad you did today.
      Also, I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you ❤


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