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[personal profile] jjhunter and I both deal with ghosts at this time of year, I think; certainly I do. We've been sharing some of them with each other, and this is what emerged.

a curious thing, this—
a seed that does not drop until
fire hath eaten up the underbrush of certainties

There is no hopelessnessin loving you.
Precision, yes, and care, delicacy.
Awareness of your absence, bittersweet, and yet:


you don't trail lonely echoes in your wake
or scatter ghosts of leaves, however crisp

your absence cuts rather like vinegar
and pickled thus everything is flavor
almost too intense to bear

your shadow stretches out before me:
still your light casts my life into relief
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[personal profile] cadenzamuse
When I was a kid, holy cards felt like the boring religious version of baseball cards. If you answered a question particularly well in Sunday school, you would win one as a prize. They depicted saccharine images, sometimes promised indulgences in exchange for reciting dull prayers, and were universally made of the flimsiest cardstock in existence.

But.

Somewhere in the stacks of paper memorials I keep—letters, certificates, ticket stubs, interesting receipts—there are in memoriam holy cards for the funerals I have attended.

It is good to hold something in your hands when you remember the dead.

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Words )

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Pomegranates )

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Conclusion )
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[personal profile] raze
Introduction
In many cultures, the animals we share our homes and lives with have transcended their original roles of utility and become part of our families. Dogs and cats have moved from field and farm to our couches, beds, and hearts. In some cultures, property status is being replaced by guardianship, and even where pets are not recognized by the law as part of the family, their merit as something more than chattel is seen in everything from doggy daycares and kitty Christmas presents to the overwhelming public response to high-profile cruelty cases like that of "Puppy Doe" in Boston.

Consequently, the loss of companion animals has become increasingly significant. Psychologists research and recognize pet loss as significant and on par with the bereavement experienced when human companions perish. Many veterinary colleges require student learning on grief counseling for future dealings with heartbroken pet owners. Pet cemeteries, crematory services, and memorial fabrication are growing industries. In short: we love our pets, and we seek to memorialize them.

The Rainbow Bridge )

Memorial and Healing )

Remembering and Sharing )

Additional Reading )
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I've heard it said that funerals, and the rites of death, are more for the living than for the dead. The dead don't care. They aren't present here anymore, no matter where we think they've gone in the end. The structured rituals of mourning--like wakes and funerals, obituaries and memorials-- are for the living to enact their grief.

That's what I find in these poems: the enactment of grief and the attempt to process it. It's not at all easy to deal with grief, whether for a child, a parent, a friend, a lover, distant family, a pet, someone you never met but felt deeply about. In some cases we grieve people who never existed, as in On The Death of Beth Meacham's Father. However, I think the poem most evocative of grief is Journey.

Journey reposted with permission )

The entire sonnet cycle can be found here. I highly recommend it.

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The following poem goes with my meta post about "Veterans and War Memorials." It also fills the "war" square on my 10-6-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. It belongs to the series Diminished Expectations, which is dystopic science fiction about the aftermath of war.

Read more... )
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Veterans include military, police, and other service members. Sometimes that service leaves them with mental or physical disabilities. There are many ways to support veterans and thank them for their service. One thing people do is build memorials.

Read more... )
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In the northern hemisphere November is a time when the days darken earlier and shadows seem more prevalent. This can make it easier for our personal demons to trouble us. As the holidays approach we often feel our losses more deeply. For many people I know November is a time for remembrance and memorial. Whether it is remembering their dearly departed on All Saints Day/Dios de los Muertos, remembering Veteran's and the cost of war on Armistice/Veteran's Day, or remembering holiday seasons past be they good or bad. For me personally it is a mix of all these things, plus the annual memorial that is my birthday, mixed with the anniversary of a dreadful storm that I witnessed as a child.. Most would not think of birthdays as memorials, but in the sense that it is a day for remembering and contemplating the past I find that birthdays are the ultimate memorial. I felt it fitting that I start our week on remembrance and memorial since today is my birthday.

It is a month that always makes me think of the past and the many uncertain associations that I have with the month. It is also a time for me to reflect on the positive things that have come into my life, and the wonders of friendship and love that I've experienced as I've grown older. I wanted to write a poem that captured this mix of feelings and contemplation. I am going to put the poem under a cut as it may contain some triggering material for folks. For all the darkness and rawness contained in the poem, I did try to end on a lighter more hopeful tone. Also, for those interested the storm referred to was one that hit the Shreveport, LA area on November 15, 1987. It spawned several tornadoes, including the F3 that essentially went right over our heads.

Feedback and constructive criticism is always welcome. I also welcome people to share in the comments what they remember this month.

So trigger warning: poem contains themes of child abuse, domestic violence, neglect, PTSD, and rather detailed description of a natural disaster and the related shock )
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November commemorates. From rituals of remembrance to those of harvest, we make honored space for death as part and apart from life.

As our dead are especially present this month, our community themed week this week focuses on remembrance. Let's introduce each other to those we carry with us. Let's make a kind and listening space for the absences that shape (and sometimes shake) us.


Monday: [personal profile] alee_grrl: November Remembrances

Tuesday: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith: veterans and war memorials, Poem: Written in Stone

Wednesday: [personal profile] bookblather: Poem: Death Sucks: A Sonnet Cycle, by Jo Walton

Thursday: [personal profile] raze: Exploring The Rainbow Bridge

Friday: [personal profile] cadenzamuse: In Memoriam: Cards, Words, Pomegranates

Saturday: [personal profile] kaberett and [personal profile] jjhunter: Collaborative Poem: branches reaching deep into the earth

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Last edited 11/24/13 by alee_grrl
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November commemorates. From rituals of remembrance to those of harvest, we make honored space for death as part and apart from life.

As our dead are especially present this month, our next community themed week focuses on remembrance. In poetry or prose, performance or poetic complement, meta or medium yet unmentioned - let's introduce each other to those we carry with us. Let's make a kind and listening space for the absences that shape (and sometimes shake) us.

If you would like to participate... )

Available days behind the cut )

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Last edited 11/12/13 by jjhunter

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