In Deep Sympathy. - The Magic Onions

In Deep Sympathy.

Our hearts go out to all who are sad and scared today.

In Childhood by Kimiko Hahn
things don’t die or remain damaged
but return: stumps grow back hands,
a head reconnects to a neck,
a whole corpse rises blushing and newly elastic.
Later this vision is not True:
the grandmother remains dead
not hibernating in a wolf’s belly.
Or the blue parakeet does not return
from the little grave in the fern garden
though one may wake in the morning
thinking mother’s call is the bird.
Or maybe the bird is with grandmother
inside light. Or grandmother was the bird
and is now the dog
gnawing on the chair leg.
Where do the gone things go
when the child is old enough
to walk herself to school,
her playmates already
pumping so high the swing hiccups?

In deep sympathy,

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Donni Webber is the mom behind the popular natural living Waldorf website and blog, The Magic Onions - where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each moment a precious gift. She is a photographer, writer, crafter, wife and mother of two inspiring young children. Her work has been featured in many popular publications, including HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens, Disney and Apartment Therapy.

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  1. beautifully said. I join you in sorrow.

  2. what a powerful poem. really hits home here.

  3. I feel terrible for the people of Japan, too. We heard from our friend Tomo today, who lives near the epicenter. His family is fine, and he and his wife are going to do their best to protect their children from harm. love, Beth

  4. this is very beautiful of you to post.. helpful. it’s so very sad… my heart is breaking

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