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June 19, 2012

A Poem by Adrienne Rich

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June 19, 2012 

This poem by Adrienne Rich touched me when I read it. It made me think of someone I might lose.

For the Dead

I dreamed I called you on the telephone
to say: Be kinder to yourself
but you were sick and would not answer

The waste of my love goes on this way
trying to save you from yourself

I have always wondered about the left-over
energy, the way water goes rushing down a hill
long after the rains have stopped

or the fire you want to go to bed from
but cannot leave, burning-down but not burnt-down
the red coals more extreme, more curious
in their flashing and dying
than you wish they were
sitting long after midnight

by Adrienne Rich
via Feminist Philosophers

{Image Attribution: By K. Kendall [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons}

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