A Poem: Curve

Originally uploaded by Hi, I’m G

Our dear Deborah’s father passed away unexpectedly last week, and she and her husband are dealing with another unexpected family illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.

Wherever I look these days
something is leaving.
The wispy ash grass, its green
lost to the sun, sinks back to earth;
maples open handfuls of yellow and rust,
toss their farewell under bushes,
across sidewalks still shiny
from dew withdrawing its shawl.
On a limb a nest breaks apart,
disappears at the touch time makes
on the way from one loss to another.

Now words are clusters of dry weeds
without nourishment or sense,
their sounds mimic melodies once
known, forgotten like baby’s babble,
pleasure’s inflection outgrown,
worn by the world’s seasons.
At night starlight leaves little
of its dim past in a sky slowly
weathering black. Even in
my dreams since your death,
I meet myself running away.

–Annette Allen, from Women’s Uncommon Prayers: Our Lives Revealed, Nurtured, Celebrated
Photo by G, uploaded from Exponent’s Flickr group

EmilyCC lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her spouse and three children. She currently serves as a stake Just Serve specialists, and she recently returned to school to become a nurse. She is a former editor of Exponent II and a founding blogger at The Exponent.


  1. Deepest condolences, Deborah. My husband and I both took classes from your dad–he was a wonderful teacher and clearly a very kind and interesting man. We lost Allen’s dad this year and we know how hard it is. Bless you and your family.

  2. Deborah, I’m so sorry to hear about your loss and trials. I’m saying a little prayer for you right now. I hope peace trickles in to fill you up in time.

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