Sophie’s Poem, January 2007


One day and seven months ago

your blessed death took you into your

blessed spirit, rekindled your

Blessed Wisdom and shuttered my heart

against another fur-person coming to stay.

By calendar it was barely summer

that twenty-eighth day of June,

though hot as blazes, and here it is

January’s end with yet another sixty-degree

day in a winter peppered with spring.

Your grave – just beyond the porch and

underneath the paper-bark birches – is guarded

by the little concrete fox you’d sit next to,

festooned now by a Salter Path whirly-gig rainbow

made to reach and catch the wind.

I’ve needed the color; needed, too,

the reminder of movement that Wind,

that life-long friend, always brings


_______    _______

Sophie? – It is like a second death to me

that I can no longer recall your eyes.

 _______    _______

Losing again the light that was in them

(and only because of my old, useless memory)

makes my head bow down in sorrow

as familiar tears fall, this time

for a new and unfamiliar loss.

Without your eyes in my inner vision

it’s as if I’ve lost my own sight, or lost

at least the long view I need now

to soften the blow.

And so what remains?

What ever remains when loss

(and loss again) falls like snow,

falls thick and fast to pile

flake upon gathering flake

against and across a once-boundless heart?

I pause.

Waiting for an answer

all I hear is a muffled beating

atop a silent yearning for just one more

blessed look into golden eyes,

just one more blessed lie-down

with you stretched across my chest,

matching me breath for breath in love.

_______    _______


© Amy Pierce and In Spiritual Wonder, 2013. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Amy Pierce and In Spiritual Wonder with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


2 thoughts on “Sophie’s Poem, January 2007

  1. Thanks so much, Rosemary. The reason I shared it is because I’m almost finished building my new website and I wanted to add this poem (which is on the old website) and I didn’t like how I was going to have to lay it out on the new one, so I created a link to the blog and put the poem there! By the way, Ginger and Sophie are playing together a lot right now, and Ginger says she likes the new website a bunch!

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