Tuesday, November 1, 2022

travel note - dear sis (aug 1963-april 2018)


red hibiscus by the gate opens up

to the morning sun, each petal surging

with glorious energy

the house remains the same

as if you and Dad are still here

your photos, your clothes, travel albums,

Dad's electronic gadgets & records 

still litter the shelves & tables

its hard to believed it has been more 

than 4 years, with the graves (yours & Dad's)

carefully tended

with yellow bells and red flowers, and grass-

i see that the cemetary is being spruced up for

the visitors who will clog the markers & graves

with candles & prayers in remembrance

of the dead on Nov. 1

the tradition is to travel and visit 

with flowers, food, stories & merriment 

laughter will be heard

as it is

indeed a celebration

of happy memories

of friends and family connections

i came to visit quietly and briefly

your travel mementos are still gracing the walls 

your prayer inspired frames are still set up in the bathroom

your Zen-inspired garden outside the bedroom is thriving

though we are all moving on

we remember you and Dad with love

This is a follow up post to my original post titled, may you see field of tulips on your journey.

Posted for dVerse Poets Pub - Dia De Los Muertos, hosted by Mish.   Pub doors open at 3pm.


  1. Grace, this is so beautiful. Those who leave us continue to live in our memories.

  2. So very beautiful...and those little places with those memories... it is so very touching.

  3. There's a contrast between the personal memories enshrined in the house and the communal remembering of the cemetery. I know which appeals to me more.

  4. Oh, Grace. How beautiful, and sad. My heart is with you.

  5. This poem really arouses my empathy, Grace... It's gorgeously woven.


  6. A great poem of remembrance, Grace. So sorry for your losses, both very difficult for you. You have done a beautiful tribute to them both.

  7. A beautiful follow up to your 2018 piece. I felt it a privilege to read each detail of your loved ones passed on. Also, what a perfect poem in response to the prompt, sharing your own traditions on this day. I wish and pray for joyful memories to comfort you today and always. Sending love.

  8. Lovely remembrance, the push and traditions and surge of remembrances, and then the quiet. lovely

  9. From Helen ~~~ your poem of remembrance for a sister and father is loving, perfect for the day of paying homage to those we have lost .. and loved.


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