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  • Friday, October 26, 2018 3:55 PM
    Message # 6875193

    FOR ANNE WALDRATH

    with a nod to Pat Carr for saying that the dead know everything.

    Goddesses, and gods,

    hold their bellies,

    roll on the floor, 

    laugh-tears streaming. No doubt

    it is raining laughter

    somewhere.

    I guess they

    just wanted her back. Tears

    amid the laughter

    for the rest of us.

    I can believe

    that Anne knows-knew-knows 

     everything. 

    Her joyful sense of the absurd

    transcends

    time, place, and the pompousness

    that tries to pass for wisdom.

    Bon Voyage, dear carrier

    of the spirit of silliness

    firmly embedded

    in the cosmic laughter

    of love.

  • Saturday, October 27, 2018 11:37 PM
    Reply # 6876432 on 6875193

    Nice. Honest. Thorough. Heartfelt. ...

  • Friday, November 30, 2018 9:29 PM
    Reply # 6940733 on 6875193

    Lesley, 

    I love this poem. It captures Anne beautifully. She had a divine gift of bringing forth laughter. The poem, The Dead Do Not Want Us Dead, shared by Myra Shapiro in her workshop seems fitting here. I am sure Anne wants us to keep on having good belly laughs even if we don't have her on earth to lead the way. We will have to catch her punch lines by reading the stars. 

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