Thursday, August 16, 2007

Janet Riehl's Poem Published in, "Sightlines: A Poet's Diary"

Julia Ann Thompson's family--father, sister, daughter, two grand-daughters.
Good Mourning, Everyone. Joy to you and me.

Welcome famous writer, Janet Riehl, famous sister of famous Julia Ann Thompson, to the club nobody wants to joy-n.

Janet Riehl is going through the grief process. Her sister, Julia Ann Thompson, died 3 year's ago today.

Janet Riehl has written a poem especially for Julia commemorating her death. Griefcase is proud and honored to present an excerpt from "Anniversary," a poem that appeared in "Sightlines: A Poet's Diary."

Sincere condolences and thanks, Janet, for sharing.

And now without further adieu:


by Janet Riehl

August 16, 2007 - Julia's third year anniversary.

You've been in the world of our ancestors for three years now.
Six years older, you always went before me.
Then, a triplet of years ago, you passed through.
I can't say "passed on."
No. You'll never pass on.
You're too fierce and present for that.

You passed over the waters in the famous boat.
Probably rowed it yourself.
Come on, confess. Didn't you?
Said to the helmsman.
"Sit down, take a rest.
Let me take over for a little while.
You look like you haven't slept in a million years."
And, while you were at it, redesigned the boat
for greater comfort and speed.
Sewed some new boat cushions on the way over,
in-between oar-strokes.
Then, docked, stepped out on that far shore.
Claimed it as your own.

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