Saturday, October 17, 2015

A Poem by Theresa Darling

How to Say Good-Bye

     -- for Christina

Begin with snow in winter
Tulips for spring, sun in summer.
Autumn requires exercise,
Creativity, questions expecting
Answers.  At least three
crows, no matter the season
               one to notice
               two to blink
               three to realize
Acceptance arrives long after
He dies, when a blue jay
Hawk and heron cross paths
               one leaves a feather
               one brings tears
               another makes you smile
Allow words to form in chimes
Hanging from the apricot tree
He planted instead of the apple.

You will resist
Until the starless night clears
Without reason,
               one smile
               every touch
               this breath

Theresa Darling's poetry has been published in The Green Hills Literary Journal, Baily's Beads, Hellbender Journal, Kind of a Hurricane Press and The Cellar Door.  Her poem "Another Departure" was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2014.  She recently fulfilled a lifelong dream by moving to Vermont, where she hopes to live happily ever after with her husband Reg and two shelter cats.

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