But I have faith in the undo
And feel somehow it will renew
Selah (for Sy)
I left you in winter, the snow stilling my departure,
the wind stealing my breath, much the way the season
takes the leaves you love so; much the way the cold
conceals the colors, the greens you wear in disguise.
Mourn me now as you would the loss of summer,
as you would should you be kept from sunshine.
Collect your tears as winter wanes, reflect on all
I whispered across the distance, defining constance
in psalms of subtle rhyme.
I left behind the wisdom of well spoken words ...
The humility of forgiveness,
the humanity of patience,
the fortitude of truth.
The sacrifice of seasons, the climax in cycles of time,
I am now part of so much more; spirituality of water,
commitment of mountains, enlightenment of sky.
Forego epitaphs or eulogies, honor me instead with seeds
of Sycamore trees. I'll hold the moon in my branches
and the earth's mysteries in my roots. My leaves will
carry the wind then weep color when winter reclaims.
Spring will keep my promises, I'll be reborn as bare trees
turn back into forests, beside you on each exploration,
the path not yet taken -- the urging of curiosity,
the cadence of your steps.
Time like words are fluent, my prayers written in rhymed refrain,
this humble poet's turn of page ... to pass through is to remain.
may be the most difficult word in the Hebrew Bible to translate.
Selah is a liturgico-musical mark, something like "stop and listen".
Selah is similar to Amen; stressing the importance of the preceding passage.
Alternatively, Selah may mean "forever", as referenced in the liturgy. Another interpretation
offers that Selah comes from the Hebrew root word [calah] which means 'to hang,'
(ie: Hebrew, to remain/return) Selah has been interpreted by biblical usage to measure the
passage of time and terms of value.
Through the water
Through the rain
To the soul of everything
Wash my heart out
On the stones
And I'm almost gone ...
promise kept ...
thank you Sy ... for everything.
these remnants of a voice and smile,
landscapes cloaked in forest green ...
like your life unfolding mile by mile.