Into the light

for Dickie

I watched you walk through
windward-leaning cypress,
head toward the edge of a seacliff
into the light, a familiar silhouette
angling away from me, the long shadow
of life extending behind you,

and I thought again, no, not yet,
just as I did last year when you
made an unplanned departure,
felled by something you couldn’t
see coming, only to be returned—
kicked back to our side—to finish
what you started.

So this year, on the anniversary
of your homecoming, at a beloved
spot overlooking waves that travel
from horizon to shore, you headed
into the light through slender poles
of trees, then paused at the edge,
looked back over your shoulder
and gestured to me.

C’mon, you said without words.
Come see this.

And I followed you.


The Sea Ranch, Feb. 15, 2020

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3 Responses to Into the light

  1. Connie Raub says:

    Lovely image in photo, words and memory. May we all cast a long shadow that beckons others to join us in our dance of life.

  2. Kathleen Adele Goemann says:


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