Emotional Braille (reworked)

Full heart
Devoid of letters
Emotively channels
Lapping waves
In novel ways

Tiny soft palms
In huge gruff ones
One softening
Other imparting
reassuring strength
Nature chiseled
Polished stones
Waiting at river beds
Are they mute letters
Waiting to be read?
Their telling surfaces
Delivering coded
Messages – feelings
Of wellness, worries;
Of love, separation pangs
Caressing gathered stones
Smoothened by rivers over time
suddenly overcome I relive final
adieus prior to performance of last
purification rites by fire
Is death a gateway to new life
Final wash down of deceased, in reality
First bath of a newborn child? Mind thus worry
Beads as hands reverentially squeeze selected stones,
Relics of forged emotional ties’ final passage

*Written after viewing Japanese movie called
“Departures” that had a profound effect on me


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