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Heaven's Door
by Marty Kay

Sunday, December 06, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Child Mortality

The night the angels came,

a mottled moon

mapped out your way,

a keen frost

nipped their wings,

and Butkus, faithful to the end,

barked in his best baritone.


Against a backdrop,

of tired grey vigilance,

lips pale and puckered,

ribs rising through tightened skin,

I felt your fragile frame

shiver through shadows

of a pristine sky.


Worn from the fray

scarred from

the surgeon’s scalpel,

you lay,

weak as watered milk,

your breathing

keeping beat

to the din of death’s destiny.


I cursed the One who sent them,

held you to my breast,

howled when your head drooped,

washed your face with my tears

and swore at neighbours who fought

to set you free.


The jagged edge of memory slices deep.

It’s seventy years ago

since I wept at my daughter’s grave.


Now I realise

The love I’ve known

is the love of two people staring


not at each other,

but in the same direction.




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Reviewed by Connie Faust 1/7/2011
Marty, I don't recall coming across your work before today. Your poems that I've read today are so gripping. If your goal is to reach the heart of the reader, you are succeeding.
I have great interest in consolation--in understanding and uplifting the grieving. Poems like this one add to my ability to enter into the feelings of those who have lost a loved one.
Thank you for sharing your heart.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 12/7/2009
Time heals all wounds? I don't believe it, reading these lines - I'm so sorry -

(((HUGS))) love and tears, Karla. :(
Reviewed by John Bidwell 12/6/2009
The most difficult of circumstances are so beautifully expressed in these words.
All the love is the only comfort.
Wishing you peace,


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