RIP Judy

lake sunset 9-08

In memory of Judy Popkin …

… on this, the 10th anniversary of her death.

We miss you, Judy!

… and we remember …

Sleeping In The Forest

by Mary Oliver

I thought the earth remembered me,

she took me back so tenderly,

arranging her dark skirts, her pockets

full of lichens and seeds.

I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,

nothing between me and the white fire of the stars

but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths

among the branches of the perfect trees.

All night I heard the small kingdoms

breathing around me, the insects,

and the birds who do their work in the darkness.

All night I rose and fell, as if in water,

grappling with a luminous doom. By morning

I had vanished at least a dozen times

into something better.

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2 Responses to RIP Judy

  1. Thanks for adding that one to the mix, Alison … resonant in so many ways.


  2. Alison Scott says:

    Thanks for sharing that lovely poem. 10 years…seasons unwitnessed. Here’s another poem I associate with Judy…

    To Know the Dark

    To go in the dark with a light is to know the light,
    To know the dark, go dark. Go without sight,
    and find that the dark, too, blooms and sings,
    and is travelled by dark feet and dark wings.

    (Wendell Berry)


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