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blessings for the dead

this work is from the collection of poems called “living in epiphany” ©2000. to purchase a copy of the book, contact me by email.

 

blessings for the dead

for those whom advent never ends
for those whom sunrise never does
for those who want what never is
I give to you
this wooden box
to fill with blessings for the dead
to fill with blessings for the dead
to fill with thoughts we never said.

for those with shoes they never filled
for those of empty hearts and beds
for those whose lives are lived with shrouds
I give to you
this empty cup
to fill with blessings for the dead
to fill with blessings for the dead
to fill with tears we cannot shed.

for those who weep when faced with love
for those who run from love bestowed
for those who close their eyes to mourn
I give to you
this book, this pen
to fill the longing with hope instead
to fill with thoughts we never said
to fill with tears we never shed
to fill with blessings for the dead.

l.t. dougherty 2000

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