10/31/10 – poem, all saints mass

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
your name echoes here
mispronounced but sincere
nestled amid strangers’
half the world from where you were born
four hundred miles from where you died
only me among them know
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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6 responses to “10/31/10 – poem, all saints mass

  1. Happy Halloween.
    lovely poem.

    creepy piece.

  2. No, I don’t find it creepy. I read the last line as a celebration of a privileged secret knowledge.

  3. Have to agree with Cindy on this one.

  4. I had found out Saturday evening that a founder of the local Buddhist congregation I used to belong to, who was a Japanese army bride, has passed away.

    The next morning, yesterday, was a general memorial mass for All Saints Day at the UU church I now attend. Everyone was invited to hand in names of someone who had passed away in the last year. So I submitted her name – first name Japanese, last name Jewish – and the pastor fumbled on it as he read it along with the others.

  5. That was a very nice tribute, Lawrence… Who knows where one might “end up”, so to speak… But I guess, the good thing is, one is remembered in a good way wherever they end up…

  6. That was a great tribute.

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