My sister Rosmarie – October 19, 1929 – April 15, 1997


Winter in Castaneda 

Climbing the stairs
from the cellar to the room
with the tile floor,
eight months later,
after the pain has softened,
after the ashes have been scattered
on the rock, after driving past the
snowy fields of Saint Gotthard,
we feel your presence
fill the spaces between our bodies.

Not yet understanding the full meaning

of this merging, of your hands
entwined in the leaves of plants,
your scent lingering in the
cedar closet, your smile
in the candle flame,
your voice trailing the crackling
of logs in the fireplace,
a sound so delicate,
we dare not move
as not to disturb it.

With each breath we take

the silent words into our hearts
and choose to believe in the
here and now
of all that was, before you left us.

(The Path of Fire, poems)

6 Responses to “My sister Rosmarie – October 19, 1929 – April 15, 1997”

  1. Linda Cassidy Lewis Says:

    A lovely tribute, Christa.

  2. author Christa Polkinhorn Says:

    Thank you, Linda!

  3. Darlene Says:

    A heartfelt tribute. Very nice.

  4. author Christa Polkinhorn Says:

    Thanks, Darlene!

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  6. author Christa Polkinhorn Says:

    Thanks, Skyline Spirit!