Tuesday, June 8

Thank you

Thank you all for your kind comments and e-mails after my mother's passing.

Family and friends are a wonderful blessing at times like this, and you are all included in that group. The outpouring of support and warm feelings I've received from you has made me smile . . . and okay, cry a little (but in a good way).

Thank you.
I received this in a note from Kit. I love this poem, and will have it memorized before the month ends. I've printed it out, and it will remain always with the memorabilia from my mother's funeral.

And this one came from Nancy. Also with my mom's stuff.

“Perfection Wasted”
by John Updike

And another regrettable thing about death

is the ceasing of your own brand of magic,

which took a whole life to develop and market –

the quips, the witticisms, the slant

adjusted to a few, those loved ones nearest

to the lip of the stage, their soft faces blanched

in the footlight glow, their laughter close to tears,

their tears confused with their diamond earrings,

their warm pooled breath in and out with your heartbeat,

their response and your performance twinned.

The jokes over the phone. The memories packed

in the rapid-access file. The whole act.

Who will do it again? That’s it; no one;

imitators and descendants aren’t the same.



  1. you've graced us all with so many beautiful images... and now one of words... just as vibrant with color and touch as your photographs. I think i'll memorize yours...

    your friend... your student (i learn so much from you - thank you dear friend)

    big hugs

  2. Beautiful words to keep in your heart. xox Corrine

  3. So beautiful photo of your Mother, Leslie!
    You wrote lovely words and the poems are beautiful too.
    Big hugs.

  4. Leslie:

    I'm so sorry about your mother and I am also saddened with your loss

    and it's okay to cry, I shed a tear for you too

    Wet Coast Scootin

  5. Dear Leslie, the beauty of these words fill me.
    And again and again, your stories of Atticus and Kiran make me see the wondrous love you have in your life.
    AND your words and art works in Creative Wildfire are Incredible!!!