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A letter to Lilly


Photo originally uploaded to flickr by bbmarie. Since I don't know bbmarie or her equally talented painter husband, Rick, I hope it's all right that I cropped the image to show just Lilly.


Dearest Lilly,

Isolated by my own angst,
I only learned about your death
a couple of days ago.

The last time we spoke
it seems was last spring.
Tim was the topic.
An intense draw for you,
yet so different from us.

I'm glad you reached out to me.

I only wish I had it in me to reach out
to you and to others more.

Taking painting classes
with you was the best.
You showed a true abandon
of which I lack ... fear to go.

Knowing you since the early '90s,
my neighbor whose heart and soul
were always in the sky,
I miss you very much.

Our women's-only Saturday dinners.
Our dancing, singing, laughing,
talking intensely.
You are a flower on my soul.

I love you, Lilly.
I know you're in peace.
Anna Flora dreamt it so.

Nancy

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