there are missing pages in my
diary from when you died.
it was not a time for growing
poetry; all the words went in-
to the eulogy—which made every
thing else seem meaningless: even
music felt foreign and wrong. i
questioned every thing—my job,
my place in the family, my space
in the world. all my energy went
into finding documents, finding
pictures, trying to find you in the
boxes and piles of audio cassettes,
ledgers, sewing kits, coffee mugs.
it wasn’t until much later that the
words began to knit together; they
were in my head all along—but
needed to be brought to cohesion.
there’s a reason this time remains in
my mind: it is a hunt, a meditation, a
docking station for the spirit. i must
remember the things that god can do.
i must remember that music is for
feeling, and poetry is for eating.
i must remember the empty pages
from when you died, with love.