Wednesday, July 16, 2008

"Love Does Not Always Last Forever-Sometimes We Step Over Graves"


"Passages" 48x36 oil, gold leaf on canvas by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

"Love Does Not Always Last Forever-Sometimes We Step Over Graves"

He slipped from my shadow
from my heart
and that afternoon I knew a different shade of moaning
a different sound of sadness.
It had always been so soft
I never listened till he was gone.

I heard a call
past my reason
I was told he had left alone
Echos of voices
entwined
I missed my chance.
Yet
I am no fool
another voice slipped into the pages
of a well traveled moon
a voice that used to be mine.
Some sort of message
intended to bring solace
fell from my hands.
All I could do was watch
as it landed on the pebbles
he had once walked on.

I will not try to explain
nor bring me to him
he is lost to this day
dear treasure of mine.

In the morning I will be grateful
I will embrace a memory
not nearly as painful as tonight.
I will look for things that smell like him
hold them to my face
and hear voices
wondering how long that will last.

It is not forever
love
no not always.
Sometimes we step over graves
pass weeping sparrows
miss out on their feathers
replaced.
One sparrow
so many feathers
I should have kept better track.

Moonlight did become you
I wish I had said it
I always melted as it highlighted your words.
Softer than mine
that is what I miss
the softest voice in the loudest sorrow
Again might know a gentler repose.
I wish I could hear it
again.

17 July 2008
by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen


6 comments:

Chris Bolmeier said...

I love your poetry, it's beautiful, and your images of the fantasy women are so awesome and strong and wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kathy Ostman-Magnusen said...

It is soo NICE when people take the time to leave a comment much less read poetry. Thank you Chris Bolmeir! ~Kathy

Laura said...

This one made me cry...I love the image and the poem. You are AWESOME.
Thanks so much for your encourageing remarks. Namaste, Laura

Kathy Ostman-Magnusen & Dennis Magnusen said...

This one makes me cry too and I did as I wrote it. Life is short. This is LIFE TAKE ONE.. I always remind myself of that.

Aloha, Kathy

Laura said...

Kathy, I find myself returning to these same words unexpectedly...just at the right time that I neede yo hear them ...again...still love this one...LOTS!
Love and Light, Laura

Kathy Ostman-Magnusen & Dennis Magnusen said...

Humm.. Ya know what? I am having an especially sad day... My dear Denny has been throwing up more than usual.. so... life goes on.. I know that it does.
Sometimes I think to myself though that my experience with Denny... being so ill~ will in fact bring me a certain knowledge of ALL.... and I will have these magical answers to everything... and then I hear Denny throwing up.. again.. and I think to myself that I "confess" to having no answers at all. Like I said.. its been a hard day.