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The subject of the poem was Vera Francis: teacher, poet and loving friend and mentor. She died a few weeks after I wrote it.

She seems grateful for
the dynamic spark that
glows and dims, though dependant
on people with kind voices
and gentle hands.

They feed her encouragement,
talking books, letters on tape
from friends, former students
and, when she can take it,
a little food.

Her eyes burn brightly,
remnants of dying inner flames;
failing voice steadily
recalls hill stations of India
from half a lifetime back.

She climbed them then
in a vessel of youth;
she caught their pulsating richness
in illustrated diaries and
lyrical poems of praise.

The only climbing now
is in and out of bed with help.
Her body, once a golden cup of power
now grey and draped in
the penultimate shroud.

(c)Patrick Talty 2002 

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Reviewed by Katy Walsvik
Patrick.. you enhance and glorify something I believe your dear friend has had always: a quiet dignity. You honor those you write about.. What a marvelous friend she has. katy.
Reviewed by C. Gourlay (Reader)
The stark tone of this piece accentuates the lingering sadness.

How frail we are, how fragile.

Thank you for this absorbing experience Patrick.
Reviewed by Vicky Jeter
Inevitible Honorable decline -- YES!
Such as this, I would wish our whole society
to absorbe like a sponge. Blessings to you and your beloved friend. Vicky
Reviewed by Lori Moore
This is beautiful. A heart warming tribute.
Reviewed by Alexander Shaumyan (Reader)
Excellent tribute to a friend.
Reviewed by E T Waldron
A sad but loving write...bittersweet as all of life is..excellent Patrick
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