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Life Verses Death
by Erin E Kelly-Moen
Friday, September 17, 2004
Rated "G" by the Author.
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She sits outside before dawn,
thinking of death among abounding life.
She sees bats zigzagging to catch one last moth
before retiring into dayís light.
Birds fly this way and that,
winging towards dawn destinations.
Nighttime insects head for daytime beds,
hoping to live through another sun cycle,
undiscovered. There are meows from cats,
varied singings of various birds,
barks from distant dogs, and her own breathingÖ
But no movement from the rabbit pen.
The rabbit is dead. No spark left.

She doesnít understand casualness of death.
Canít hide her mind from its empty embrace.
Is it so wrong to mourn totality of loss?
Thereís pain in life, no denying that fact,
death is supposed to be the pain reliever;
and it is, for the dead, not for the living.
Itís the awareness of loss of their lost time
that the living find hard to bear.

She sits outside in another dawn.
Had to shoo a spider away
to sit on the picnic table top.
The sun is just slanting up the side yard,
dappling the black-eyed Susan crown
on her personal, glassy-eyed sun.
A pink hibiscus is about to bloom,
the sprinkler is going, Bug-kitten
is spazzing around the yard.
Her sunflower towers are dried husks,
yellow leaves are scattered
on the ground under the backyard tree.
She still thinks of death,
even as she feels more alive.

Erin Elizabeth Kelly-Moen
© Copyright 9/17/04

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Reviewed by Edward Phillips 10/27/2012
Where we muddle, you clarify
Where we stumble, you glide
Where we write, you mesmerize.
Where we grasp, you exude.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 9/18/2004
The loss of that rabbit is STILL not your fault...Ed
Reviewed by Robin Spicer 9/17/2004
One of your best
Reviewed by jude forese 9/17/2004
this poem is brimming over with vivid and sophisticated imagery ... this is not a sad poem but a poem of renewal ...
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 9/17/2004

poignant, powerful, visual write that packs a punch--are you okay? your writes have been so heartbreaking lately :(

(((HUGS))) and love, karla. :(
Reviewed by ~Indigo~ Elga 9/17/2004
Dear Erin,

Very deep poetry, with so much depth about loss, and the concpt of trying to understand it. Hope you are feeling OK :)

warm hugs
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 9/17/2004
Par Excellence Erin!!

Poetry like this I enjoy...more than...chocolates!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Dawn Richerson 9/17/2004
Itís the awareness of loss of their lost time
that the living find hard to bear.

well-said, Erin. great imagery and reflection on life / death. Dawn
Reviewed by E T Waldron 9/17/2004
A poem full of brilliant imagery, mind expanding, and thought
provoking. Beautifully written Erin!

Watching death, coming to terms with death is a primary
part of life, to accept that our stay here is temporary.

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