TO A FRIEND, IN MEMORIAM (for DVerse Poets’ Pub)

Black Swallowtail2

You opened that door, too soon,
and floated like a butterfly
who saw flowers after a long long while.

Come back, grace our table once more.
Let us raise our tequila glass
for what we have become.
We’ll drink deep of the life
behind and before us.
We’ll pucker up at the sour lemon
in our tongue talking about loves
we lost or never had.

We’ll fill our plates
with stories life weaved,
while we bridge the gap
over the years we missed.

Then we will sing, with abandon,
burst our lungs,
while the videoke plays
our youth’s anthem.

We’ll bask in the warmth of friendship,
our shared memories holding close
our separate paths and the promise
of meeting again before long.

But your journey was over too soon.
Now we only see your shadow
luminous in the light of dawn,
waiting at the end of our road.


Anthony Desmond of DVERSE wants us to write Haphazard Poetry for Poetics.  He gave us a list of 12 words to use in our poem.  Shadow, Luminous, Door  immediately jumper at me (along with Glass, Plate, warmth).  I just heard news that a good friend and sorority sister died yesterday.  It’s been more than a decade since we last met.  A few years ago, she got sick with cancer.  Except for that, I have heard nothing more about her condition.  It seemed that she kept silent about her pains and our friends respected that, until yesterday when news of her passing was announced to us through Facebook.  This is what I’ll say to her had I been able to visit her wake.

Thank you for coming by.  Please check out the Pub when you get the chance.


23 thoughts on “TO A FRIEND, IN MEMORIAM (for DVerse Poets’ Pub)

  1. ah i am so sorry for your loss….its hard…esp when we no longer see them for some time only to find they are gone…and we are left only to remember that friendship we once had….

  2. I am sorry for your loss. You have written a beautiful poem, a great way to honor your friend. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories you have created together.

  3. Sorry to hear about your friend – I think I can understand her impulse not to share her condition with everyone, but it is hard not to have been able to say goodbye properly. Beautiful and sad.

  4. So sorry to hear about a loss like that Imelda.. and facebook has been our natural communication channel… and the way friends fade away like that.. so sad without saying goodbye.. in a way being a poet is good, at least we can write a eulogy like this..

  5. I will answer a poem with the words of another poet, “It is not everyday that the world arranges itself into a poem.” Wallace Stephens. I am not sure there is any finer tribute than when the life and the love of someone touches you so deeply the world arranges itself into a poem, but when it does you know just how special they are. Beautiful words Imelda.

  6. Truly beautiful poem birthed out of grief for the loss of your dear friend, so tender and moving, yet a truly heartfelt tribute too. Hugs and blessings to you dear Imelda…

  7. i’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend imelda… it’s tough and i can understand the need to write the things down you would’ve loved to tell her personally…

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