Saying Goodbye to An Old Friend
You slipped out of your skin as you slept last night,
Right off your bones and into spirit you went,
Felt your presence all weekend before the final moment
and wondered what you were up to…
A wave of sadness washes over me
realizing I will never see you again,
No more sweet kisses on my cheek as we share a closing circle
passing the kiss from cheek to cheek all the way around.
No more potent words over dinner together at the end of long day of class.
A wave of sweet gratitude washes through me
Remembering all our times together.
Dear teacher, mentor, colleague, friend
Wise woman full of life – I love you.
And in walking this path with you,
I learned to love forgotten parts of myself
my fluidity, my sensuality, my power to be
more fully present in all that I am – thank you.
Your legacy lives on,
and I will honor your memory and your work
for years to come
as it lives in every corner of my days…
Emilie – may your spirit soar free
on the wings of the love of your community.