I was shocked when I found you

It did not appear that you fell

You were lying dead at your post

Your body broken into pieces

 

It was years ago that you came

Carrying your heart in both hands

Offering it to the Great Goddess

My Lover for many long eons

 

Your head and heart are still whole

Those parts can create another Being

But your body is in many fragments

There is no way to restore your body

 

I guess we’ll never know what happened

Or have any clear idea of your great age

The Shaman can return your sight and speech

But your body is too badly broken to restore

 

Your body aged faster than anything

You served both of us very very well

May your spirit walk in Summer land

There will never be another like you

 

Walt Birdwell

June 22, 2016

Author: Walter Birdwell

Born in Missouri in 1942, Walter Birdwell graduated from the University of Missouri in 1964 with a BA in creative writing. Immediately enlisted in the US army to avoid the draft and was in the US army from 1964 to 1967. Married Yolanda Garza a month after discharge from the Army and have been married forty-five years. Walter is a progressive political activist and has been for about fifty years and a follower of Pagan religious tradition for about twenty years. Have previously published newspaper articles in The Southern Patriot and the New York City Guardian newspapers (both defunct progressive newspapers) in the 1970s and have recently published articles in The Missouri Chigger, an Ozark area magazine, and the Brownsville Herald. Enjoys writing, sculpture, hunting, fishing, hiking, birdwatching, reading, traveling, and all outdoor activities.

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