Party of One

And I beg of you, what is the shape of the journey
When death comes calling, pleading, greeting us
in the thin place between what’s real and what isn’t.

Is death round as a wispy dandelion, blowing
away in a gentle breeze, happy and carefree?

Or is it square, where everywhere you venture,
you find yourself in a corner
With no way back to here ~ where you once were?

Is it an eternal spiral and you are
forever spinning, re-living gossamer memories
of breathing, feeling, and being alive?

In the end, is it nothing
but an empty lonely table set for a party of one?

©2019 Linda Lee Lyberg

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Author’s Note: This is Kerry’s last post at the Garden which will be closing, but remain as an archive and a place of inspiration. I chose to use Magaly’s prompt- 1 Poem, 3 titles. The three books I chose are: The Shape of the Journey by Jim Harrison, The Thin Place by Kathryn Davis, and Party of One by Anneli Rufus.

25 Comments on “Party of One

  1. This is gorgeously rendered, Linda! I am especially touched by; “Is it an eternal spiral and you are forever spinning, re-living gossamer memories of breathing, feeling, and being alive?” ❤️

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  2. Oh my…I feel a bit like this, but yet I light a candle and say a prayer the new year will be one of light.

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  3. You integrated the book titles so well, Linda and I especially like the way you used shapes in your contemplation of death. Very inspiring and thought-provoking.

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  4. Loved the way you weaved the three titles in with such elegance and beauty!! Thoughts and feelings we all have but masterfully penned by you, My Dear!

    I found these lines so compelling and inspirational – In the end, is it nothing
    but an empty lonely table set for a party of one? Bellissimo, Linda, Bellissimo!
    Still in my thoughts and prayers, Dear!! Hope you have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and dreams come true in 2020!!
    xoxo
    Chuck 😊💖💖🌹🌹

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