I stumble back into bed with a cup of coffee, its still dark outside. I pick up my iPad and check my email. Mostly junk mail from Stores, nothing of interest.
I scroll down till I find what I am looking for – my ‘poem-a-day’. My Dad bought me a subscription to The American Poetry Society and setting that up I came across this free service on their website – Poets.org. Now this is my treat every morning. I sit and read a poem with my coffee. The poems vary wildly. Some, say out loud familiar (the famous ones are only at the weekends) some short and refreshingly simple, some quirky and challenging, some obscure and irritating, but all stimulating. The one this morning, really resonated. When I read the poets commentary that made sense.
May Perpetual Light Shine
I’m not religious but I do like to feel that the universe is all connected in someway. I have always loved the romantic notion of people being made of star dust. Which apparently is actually pretty much true.
The poem also reminded me of the passage on life and death in one of my kids favourite children’s picture books ‘No Matter What” illustrated by Debi Gliori. The book is about the relationship between parent (Large) and child (Small) with the recurring question from Small – will you always love me no matter what? – to which the parent, Large, always says ‘yes’.
Then at the end the child ‘Small’ asks the parent ‘Large’
I’ve always thought that was a lovely way of thinking about the death of someone you love, that somehow they are still there. Just in a different time, like the stars.
Looking at a night sky I am often awestruck when I think just how far and how long it took for the light from the stars to get there.
My mum loved looking at the stars. This April she and my Dad went to Iceland and saw the Northern Lights. That’s one of the items on my bucket list. She said it was amazing. The fabulous swirling colours, the patterned diamonds of stars crowding the sky. Its strange to think that, some of the stars she was looking at there died long before she did.