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For Carole.


Happy  Birthday Carole   

            Shadows of The Night.

It's 3 in the morning,
the rain like butterfly kisses
And sleet caresses the roof.
And I  am absent sleep
I watch a fly seek the sun
Inside the shade of a black desk lamp.
And remove it with the flick of my finger.
It is gone into the long dark night.

As go the shades of thousands
Round the globe
In the early morning hours.
Empty, Empty their minds. Empty their souls,.
Empty their bodies now.

Distracted by voices that shuffle in my head
I turn my eyes inward
Turn my mind outward
To feel the images of life.
And what some call,
The call of the dead.

I see souls leaving bodies in hospital rooms.
Some smile with relief.
Others fight the dread
Of the long dark night.

Their silent screams lay heavy
In the twilight world.
Between worlds
of ignorance and stifled minds.

Their bodies go still
Go cold
Go to ground.
Like cast off leaves
In the autumn shuffle
Such is life.

And in another hospital room
Or a savage hut
A woman with sweat on her brow
Her face contorted
Her belly engorged
By the fruit of love

Or was it lust?
And breathes as hard or harder
Than the moment that brought her thus.
Her eyes too roll back inside her head
She shudders a last long breath.

And from her womb,
That still dark place of love
Into the light
Emerges life's Antidote to death.
A child
A boy
A girl
A soul
That died (they say)
In another body
Another time
A time long gone or yet to be
Or was it yesterday?

Thus, says a voice inside my head,
The spiral of life
Like the storming tornado
Or the autumn winds of change
Will tear leaves from the trees
That in the dawn of spring
Each soul for which we grieve
May live again.

Foe life goes on forever
In the ebbing and flowing
Tides of time.
Seeing thus, I welcome
The dawning light
For my inner visions
Have helped me through
The shadows of the night.

 By  Michael Knight

Miss you.


( 20 comments — Leave a comment )
Jun. 14th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC)
Thanks Adela
Carole ... Happy birthday.
Always in our memory, my thoughts for her.
Fine words, perfect image
Ella estaría feliz
Jun. 16th, 2009 09:13 am (UTC)
Thank you Carmen, I hope Carole is with the ones she loved.
Jun. 14th, 2009 09:41 am (UTC)
What an heartbreaking lyrics! I myself try to believe that time isn’t that real after all. It is only what we need for letting changes happen. *Thus, says a voice inside my head, / The spiral of life / Like the storming tornado / Or the autumn winds of change / Will tear leaves from the trees / That in the dawn of spring / Each soul for which we grieve / May live again.*
I’m sure that now Carole and Heath live in the very place in which unconditional love inhabits, and they are pretty close to our sweet boys, forever happy beyond any grief.
Love you so, so much, darling!
Jun. 16th, 2009 09:20 am (UTC)
I just happened to read that and it seamed fitting.
I still miss her a lot, I have Jake facing that way because its like he is looking back, you know? Back when things were not so sad.
Thank you Tina for your kind words.
Jun. 14th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
Lovely Torry. I think Carole would have loved this and your beautiful drawing. Don't stop drawing!

what are you doing in Laguna MT?

Hugs and love
Jun. 16th, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
Thank you Linda, Carole loved Jake?Jack so much she was like a mother lion defending her cup if anyone tried to hurt them.
As long as my fingers can hold a pen and you provide all those pictures I won't quit. I spend some time in the mountain its only an hour from the house and our friends own a cabin its very peaceful. If I could I would stay there. Alas, I still have a husband who prefers to live in the city.
Jun. 16th, 2009 01:52 pm (UTC)
well that is a long way from San Diego. But yeah I wouldn't mind having a place in the mountains. I have a friend who has a cabin in the mountains of Vermont. Everytime he shows me a pic I want to move there

take care
love ya
Jun. 14th, 2009 03:26 pm (UTC)
yes happy birthday carole, you are missed so much around here. smile on us, read our love and feel what we're thinkin

thank you torry, that's so touching, and the pic of jake is sweetness.

Jun. 16th, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
Dear Jimmy, its always a great pleasure for me when I see you here, and thank you for liking the sketch Jake is very much fun to do, and he was a favorite of Carole's.
Hope you are doing alright.
Jun. 14th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
Oh God honey, this is a totally surreal day for me, as I am sure it is for you too. I've been going around in a daze all day.

This was beautiful Torry and your drawing is just wonderful. Thank you for everything, for getting me through the rough spots, I couldn't have done it without you. Thinking of you and hugging you tight.

Love you

Jun. 16th, 2009 09:38 am (UTC)
Thank you, You were Carole's link to all that she loved, you are the one who stood by her until the end, I had an email from Jill her neighbor and she said again how Carole always talked about that friend of hers who called her each night and just kept Carole going. I don't think she would have lasted as long if she didn't have you to keep her interested and wanted.
Take care, my best to your family.
Love, Torry.
Jun. 14th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Torry, for sharing such a lovely remembrance of Carole with us. Your drawing, as always, is beautiful and the words you've paired with it.

I know how much you miss her and I'm glad you were able to share some of your feelings with us.

Jun. 16th, 2009 09:43 am (UTC)
Thank you for your kindness. The sketch was easy I knew how much Carole loved Jack/Jack, the poem I came upon by accident it touched me when I read it. I hoped it was alright to post it for Carole.
Jun. 16th, 2009 11:52 am (UTC)
I think it is more than appropriate, Torry. You're right, Carole definitely loved Jack/Jake. You're very good with finding such tenderhearted songs and poems and knowing just what drawing to put with them.

Sorry I haven't been in touch with you lately. I hope to get my life straightened around here in the next couple of weeks and get back to all the people I miss here.

Jun. 15th, 2009 12:33 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful illustration. He looks so thoughful...
Jun. 16th, 2009 09:47 am (UTC)
Thank you love. I hear congratulations are in order. I am so happy for you to have someone to love and love you back nothing better than that. You did have a good time on your little vacation?
Love to you and much happiness to both of you.
Jun. 16th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much - I had the greatest time in Cambridge. *smiles happily*
Jun. 15th, 2009 02:21 pm (UTC)
I'm sure she would have loved it! Great work, as always, very touching!
Thanks, my dear,
Love, Siri
Jun. 16th, 2009 09:49 am (UTC)
Thank you Siri, I'm pleased you like it.
Jun. 18th, 2009 11:10 am (UTC)
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