Charlotte Peters 1921 – 2012
AND ON IT DANCE THE WAVES OF LIFE AND DEATH
It was no surprise to us that my mother left her body last Sunday – she was 91, had struggled with dementia for 10 years (since my father had died), and more and more severe health problems added to her suffering. Besides the obvious feelings of loss, we are glad that she finally made it, it must have felt like an enormous relief to her.
Sitting in the grass
on top of the hill
where I sat when my father had died.
Now both are gone
but both are inside of me,
father in the belly, mother in the heart
a quiet double presence of support
and strength and love
allowing sadness and joy to coexist.
What holds me, when I look closer,
actually extends to the horizon
and further than that.
The wind blows eternally
over the hill, bending the grass,
a few raindrops like kisses.
Yes, they are gone, and I’ll be gone
eventually, as will everyone else,
but that what is here will always be here
And always is now