Getting Ready to Leave

My Friends,

The warm door sweeps across the welcome mat
light spills out the snow-stained windows onto the walkway
It’s cold out there in the dark
Looking back
familiar laughter seeps out the cracked seals
like chimes in the wind
beautiful images tucked into the pockets of her travel coat

The warm door gently closes
she walks above the snow
and slips away into the night
moonlit chimes accompany her slippered feet
her thin hands slide into her travel coat pockets
caressing the memories
as the walkway disappears

Deer Friends

Deer Friends

May you dream of your warmest memories and hold them tight…
For Aunt Nina


16 thoughts on “Getting Ready to Leave

  1. A travel coat, memories, and a walkway that disappears — tender and haunting images in this beautiful, moving tribute for your Aunt Nina, AnnMarie. I am so sorry that you and your family are going through this most difficult time, but you are going through it together, which is what matters. I’m thinking of you, friend.


    • Hi Deb,
      It’s just that sad time. Nina has many issues now and things don’t look too promising, but she’s had and still has many people in her life who care deeply for her. She’s gone through life with a huge smile and a tremendous laugh. She has those beautiful dark eyes that smile all the time too…
      It’s just sad to see her stuck in a hospital …I hope she can be sent home and kept comfortable…
      Thank you.
      AM 🙂


      • I know that time well, AM, and I’m sorry your Aunt Nina, your family and you have to go through it just now. Glad you went and saw her, too. You’ll be glad you did. And I’ll send good wishes your way that she gets to come home, kept comfortable. I’ve been worried about you.

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      • No worries, my friend. It will all be as it will be. I wish you didn’t know ‘that time’ as well as you do…
        I thank you for your dear thoughts.
        I hope all is well over in your neck of the snowy woods. 🙂
        AM 🙂


  2. Love it, AnnMarie! Reminded me of some great Russian stories, novels I read in school when I was a child I think written by Nekrasov. Thank you for sharing this with me!


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