Friday, December 12, 2008

last word

soft snowfall--
calling my sister by my name
his last word


josh said...


Wishing you and yours clarity and strength in all you will feel, Nora.

What is exceptionally gut-wrenching about this is the revelation that the poet's name is his (her father's?) last word. That he's speaking to your sister seems to dilute the poignancy somewhat, for me anyhow.

Thank you for sharing this evocative poem.



nora said...

Yes, Josh, It's my father calling my sister "Nora." But this isn't recent. It happened just like the poem, but he died in 2001.

Thanks for your comments and empathy.