December 2, 2014

Promissory Note

From The Writers Almanac, comes this wonderful poem by Galway Kinnell.  At the link, you can hear Garrison Keillor read

Promissory Note

If I die before you
which is all but certain
then in the moment
before you will see me
become someone dead
in a transformation
as quick as a shooting star's
I will cross over into you
and ask you to carry
not only your own memories
but mine too until you
too lie down and erase us
both together into oblivion.

That's what older people do.  They carry some of the memories of the people they loved.

Posted by Jill Fallon at December 2, 2014 11:08 PM | Permalink