Tuesday, March 08, 2011

What's in a Word?

rosary in snow


I hate the word
the way it tries
to bring God
into the picture—
like a priest holding
the y of a rosary
crossing himself
over yet another

Over at TheHighCalling.org, we're thinking about words. Wanna play? This post is also in honor of One Shot Wednesday.

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Blogger Tamara @ Living Palm said...

yes and amen

8:00 AM  
Blogger David Rupert said...

Having said goodbye to two very close people -- one through death and one through parting, possibly forever -- I know the impact of the word.

It should never be breathed so easily

8:13 AM  
Blogger Megan Willome said...

I don't know, but I kind of like the idea of God in goodbye. It's like He's watching over the parting. Didn't it used to be a contraction of "God be with ye"?

8:17 AM  
Blogger Jeanne Damoff said...

Boom! So much packed into this word picture. Thank you.

10:55 AM  
Blogger Louise Gallagher said...

I love your perspective!

And your writing.

2:01 PM  
Blogger emily wierenga said...

yes. oh, yes.

5:02 PM  
OpenID repressedsoul said...

I much prefer the french au revoir, or the welsh, hwyl fawr, as it hasn't that finality to it, basically see you tommorrow. Lots packed into very little here. Very enjoyable!

5:27 PM  
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5:39 PM  
Blogger dustus said...

Great "letter-play," and depth.

5:39 PM  
Blogger Dulce said...

Well said, tight and assertive.

'Adiós' in Spanish- even 'Dios' more present in the word...

Loved it.

5:47 PM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

endings suck...like the image of the rosary at a burial...

6:14 PM  
Blogger Corbie said...

A power punched poem. This touched me personally because We lost my Aunt to a well fought battle with
Cancer a year ago yesterday. Yes goodbyes are always hard. Thank you for sharing.

6:33 PM  
Blogger Leslie said...

poignant - God catches the heat for many things.

the last goodbye the hardest - isnt it???

thanks for making us feel this - we need to

6:34 PM  
Blogger Steve Isaak said...

My second - in order of reading - favorite poem of this week's offerings.

Utterly frakking perfect, this.

7:10 PM  
Blogger signed...bkm said...

great writing and with God there is no real goodbye's are there?...more likes until we meet again...you are a wonderful writer...bkm

8:44 PM  
Blogger Abby said...

yes, why bring Him in when He's about reunion and wiping every tear and no more goodbyes...'rage against the dying of the day'...as always, love your honesty (and admire it too!)

12:13 AM  
Blogger kenny said...

Oh! This ambushed me this one, what a rush! Read it over and over and still the same. Excellent stuff, very clever.

2:50 AM  
Anonymous Kavita said...

Oh.. this leaves me dumbstruck, my friend.. cuz if I were to ever attempted to describe a goodbye, it would have to be on these lines..
and you said it PERFECTLY!!

5:42 AM  
Anonymous dianne said...

This hit home with me this morning. My uncle, a priest, died last summer and I've been a little miffed that my mom gave his rosary to someone else. I hate the word goodbye as well. Not sure goodbyes are "of" God, although he is surely in them.

7:46 AM  
Blogger Pete Marshall said...

this was a strong thought provoking piece..well written...cheers pete

9:30 AM  
Blogger lori said...

I truly enjoyed this piece. Thanks for sharing :)

10:12 AM  
Blogger Kim Nelson said...

This made me contemplate and visualize the inferences. Well written.

11:49 AM  
Blogger Mama Zen said...

This is amazing!

3:08 PM  
Anonymous Charlie Parant said...

wonderful poem...

6:45 PM  
Blogger Shashi said...

Ah!!! I could really relate to it so much... most of my poetry is almost on the same emotions... you have written it so well.

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7:12 AM  

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