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Aug. 3rd, 2014 | 03:28 pm

(after W. B. Yeats)

This is the blood you’ll remember
The blood and the thump
Of the squirrel under the wheel
That you will never forget
Not ten years later
When you are no longer seated in the passenger side
When you have (at last!) taken off the ring

Scroll through the contacts list
And find her, Anna
The graceful sweep of her arm
So like her, her classmates’ imitation
Was a single gesture
Sharp as the turning of a wheel
Sharp as bloody broken glass

A bundle surrounded by marigolds
The flower of worship
The flower of death made into garlands
Draping a white-wrapped stranger on the pavement
Outside the window of my taxi
Rushing through Bombay
Rushing past the sidewalk funeral

I took my father to the Ganges
I kept a copied page from Anna’s journal
(And her number in my phone)
We, her once-teachers, sat at the courthouse table
On the same side
The judge expecting a reconciliation. No,
We said, dissolve us into ashes.




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whipchick still remembers Anna K. Bonde.


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Every Day Above Ground

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from: mallorys_camera
date: Aug. 3rd, 2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
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Lovely. Moving.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Aug. 4th, 2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Thank you.

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penpusher

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from: penpusher
date: Aug. 3rd, 2014 10:13 pm (UTC)
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Devastating and haunting.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Aug. 4th, 2014 05:41 pm (UTC)
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Thank you.

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drwex

May her memory always be a blessing to you

from: drwex
date: Aug. 4th, 2014 03:52 pm (UTC)
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The younger sister of one of my classmates was likewise killed by a drunk driver in the month we graduated high school. It was a lightning bolt through the swirl of parties and celebrations of being done with high school. Sadly, she is not well remembered now - I can see her face but I could not tell you her name without looking it up.

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whipchick

Re: May her memory always be a blessing to you

from: whipchick
date: Aug. 4th, 2014 05:40 pm (UTC)
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It's strange, and terribly beautiful, that we remember the lost from the disruption their going made on our lives.

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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors

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from: halfshellvenus
date: Aug. 4th, 2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
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Beautiful and so very sad. But this is how a wonderful person stolen from the world should be mourned.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Aug. 6th, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Thank you. It's been a long time.

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A Karmic Sandbox

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from: karmasoup
date: Aug. 4th, 2014 08:53 pm (UTC)
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It's frustrating how often these guilty parties get away with only a slap on the wrist... I've seen it happen all too often in cases involving loved ones who've endured it. There have also been some tragic outcomes where one even wonders if death wouldn't have been the kinder fate for the victim... either way, they are lost to us, now. This brings up those feelings well.



On a completely irrelevant note, it seems we've crossed paths more than I'd realized... I knew you and I both grew up in Florida, but I never knew you had any connection to Northfield. I was there for a couple of summers. (The school hosts the MN All-State Choir.)

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Aug. 6th, 2014 05:10 pm (UTC)
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Small world :)

Funnily enough, when I went to look up some things and see what I remembered, I couldn't find the sentence. The criminal driver did plead guilty, though.

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Jenn

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from: kickthehobbit
date: Aug. 4th, 2014 10:57 pm (UTC)
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This is beautiful.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Aug. 6th, 2014 05:11 pm (UTC)
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Thank you - the first stanza was a fragment and I enjoyed building more :)

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tonithegreat

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from: tonithegreat
date: Aug. 5th, 2014 10:06 pm (UTC)
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Lovely! I feel like this is more a reflection on the lost one in your life and less on the circumstances of the loss than the Yeats poem, but then again maybe not. I like the fragmentary glimpses of scenes related to the loss.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Aug. 6th, 2014 05:13 pm (UTC)
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Totally! I wanted to take the idea of honoring the dead obliquely, and use that method of allusion through the stanzas, but for my own memories.

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Es'ka

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from: eska818
date: Aug. 6th, 2014 05:25 am (UTC)
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Touching, and so very sad.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Aug. 6th, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
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Thank you.

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Kelly

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from: kajel
date: Aug. 6th, 2014 11:48 am (UTC)
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This was so haunting.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Aug. 6th, 2014 05:14 pm (UTC)
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Thank you very much.

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rayaso

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from: rayaso
date: Aug. 6th, 2014 01:41 pm (UTC)
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Yeats indeed! It takes guts and talent to write "after" a poet, especially someone like Yeats, and you were entirely successful. The poem was beautiful, but I'm sorry it was inspired by such a loss.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Aug. 6th, 2014 05:15 pm (UTC)
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Thank you - it's been a long time, and it's good to have the distance to process in writing.

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Laura, aka "Ro Arwen"

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from: roina_arwen
date: Aug. 6th, 2014 06:11 pm (UTC)
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Very powerful and lovely.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Aug. 7th, 2014 05:48 pm (UTC)
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Thank you.

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lriG rorriM

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from: lrig_rorrim
date: Aug. 7th, 2014 01:59 am (UTC)
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I really love this - your verse is tightly woven and filled with wonderful images.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Aug. 7th, 2014 05:49 pm (UTC)
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Thank you! My guy was asleep on my lap while I wrote it, with Epic blaring on the TV and the remote out of reach, so I think being forced to focus word by word really helped. Also, Epic was fun, even if I did end up watching it twice in a row when it automatically restarted...

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i_17bingo

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from: i_17bingo
date: Aug. 7th, 2014 07:35 am (UTC)
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I'm losing a very close friend, piece by piece to heart failure, and it's not likely he will survive the summer. I don't know what's worse--watching someone wither away, or just disappear suddenly.

I just made this about me. Sorry. The subject has been on my mind pretty constantly, and this piece has reached inside and is making me reflect from a different angle. Thank you.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Aug. 7th, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Hey, having you relate something in your life to my poem is a high compliment. Thank you. And you're welcome.

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from: uncawes
date: Aug. 7th, 2014 08:54 am (UTC)
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Deeply thought provoking, and more than a little disturbing.

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Aug. 7th, 2014 05:50 pm (UTC)
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Thank you - exactly what I was going for :)

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Teo Says

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from: eternal_ot
date: Aug. 7th, 2014 02:08 pm (UTC)
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Sad and moving..have lost a friend like that and know what it means..*hugs*

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whipchick

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from: whipchick
date: Aug. 7th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
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Thank you - it's been ten years, but she still crosses my mind occasionally.

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