Deep sadness

I am deeply saddened and devastated by the deaths of 3 health workers and an army veteran at the Pathway Home, Veterans Home of California, in Yountville, north of Napa, California, yesterday. Christine Loeber, Executive Director of the Pathway Home, one of the health workers killed, was our guest speaker in the North Napa Rotary Club’s meeting, on February 27.

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photo: Christine Loeber

REMEMBER

Remember
by Christina Rossetti

Remember me when I am gone away,
Gone far away into the silent land;
When you can no more hold me by the hand,
Nor I half turn to go yet turning stay.
Remember me when no more day by day
You tell me of our future that you plann’d:
Only remember me; you understand
It will be late to counsel then or pray.
Yet if you should forget me for a while
And afterwards remember, do not grieve:
For if the darkness and corruption leave
A vestige of the thoughts that once I had,
Better by far you should forget and smile
Than that you should remember and be sad.

how do you express sorrow

A conference, ideas arranged and tossed around
communion of forms and engagements
patterns new and freshly conceived
full of promise
but the night turned dark
centripetal force veered outside its bearing
a car careened over the barriers
a young star fell from the sky
lying shattered on the highway
the moon wept silently
carrying our voices.

to know the difference

ever since Einstein theorized
speed of light is finite
we’re chasing speed
remote, touch screen, instagram

what’s life
what’s death

life is summation of the seasons
life is a season
life is a moment
death is the beginning
or the end
or always

life is death
death is life
we try to know the difference

some don’t reach
some don’t
life is
one