Thursday, November 09, 2006


I am too tired to blog. I let the poets take over while I rest.

I have begun,
when I'm weary and can't decide an answer to a bewildering question

to ask my dead friends for their opinion
and the answer is often immediate and clear.

Should I take the job? Move to the city? Should I try to conceive a child
in my middle age?

They stand in unison shaking their heads and smiling-- whatever leads
to joy, they always answer,

to more life and less worry. I look into the vase where Billy's ashes were--
it's green in there, a green vase,

and I ask Billy if I should return to the difficult phone call and he says, yes.
Billy's already gone through the frightening door,

whatever he says I'll do.

Marie Howe

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