I watched it all over my friend’s dear shoulder,
that time of living while dying and celebrating ~
like a garden snake ~ the shedding of the skin,
the detritus of material man with its hungers and
wild, woody creative soul, sketching ruby-jeweled
memories in sand to be blown like a Tibetan mandala
across Timelessness . . .
by systems on systems of hospital wiring, billing,
approvals, and laws around funerals and burials,
estates, plans, and proposals for headstones and
the where, when, and how of a memorial service,
the left-overs of his life to be sorted, stashed, stored
or sent to the right people in the right places.
… as though there had been nothing. No one.
– Jamie Dedes
NOT DONE YET
Dedicated to everyone who is living with dying. That would be all of us.
A Taiwanese advertisement based on a true story.
Inspiring. Give it a chance. It will make you smile … and maybe shed a tear or two.
© 2014, poem and photograph, Jamie Dedes, All rights reserved
JAMIE DEDES (The Poet by Day)~I am a medically retired (disabled) elder and the mother of married son who is very dear. I started blogging shortly after I retired as a way to maintain my sanity and to stay connected to the arts and the artful despite being mostly homebound. My Facebook pages are: Jamie Dedes (Arts and Humanities) and Simply Living, Living Simply.
With the help and support of talented bloggers and readers, I founded The Bardo Group because I feel that blogging offers a means to see one another in our simple humanity, as brothers and sisters and not as “other.” I am the poetry liaison and a member of the Core Team. Terri Stewart (Beguine Again) is in the lead position and the Beguine Again collaborative and The Bardo Group are coordinating a consolidation of the two groups.
“Good work, like good talk or any other form of worthwhile human relationship, depends upon being able to assume an extended shared world.” Stefan Collini (b. 1947), English Literary Critic and Professor of English Literature at Cambridge
11 thoughts on “Done . . . and not done yet . . .”
smile and a tear, Jamie. 🙂
The video is nicely done…still, why live for something past? Why not take your motorcycle to a new place, meet some new people, share a new story? And why retire? There is still much work to be done. I hope to be living until the day I die. Not sure if that’s possible. My dad had Alzheimer’s for 7 years before he passed. Today, I’m 52 years old. I’m looking forward….tomorrow I go sailing on a 3-masted schooner modeled from the 19th century tall ships that sailed the Great Lakes. Still so much life to be lived!
Verse and video a fine reminder to start one’s day….thank you ever so much for sharing both.
Wonderful. Inspiring. I say live your life to the fullest doing what is within your scope and stretching beyond always.
I’m do glad you made the effort to post this and I took the time to watch the video. I would like to reblog it if I may, Jamie. Maybe for my Monday post?
No probem. It’s a lovely video, Victoria. 🙂
what a beautiful video – an inspiration to us all! thanks so much!
Painful poem, inspiring video. Thanks, Jamie.
Reblogged this on THE POET BY DAY and commented:
A poem of mine and a sweet touching video from Taiwan on The Bardo Group blog …
The Wild Ones return! Sort of. Gave me goosebumps. Wonderful words Jamie.
I love this Jamie it expresses the challenge of living and dying in painful comfort.