"Ode to Aralee" - Bob Ambrose

      



 

 
On the passing of Aralee Strange, founder and host 
of the Athens Word of Mouth open poetry community,
June 15, 2013 at her home, "Timberdance"

        

        In some place primeval
the priestess holds court 
where rhythms take form 

 
your spirit’s reborn  
as sirens sing in sotto voce, 
the Sibyl raves a praise to Gaia, 

 
long-mute furies chant 
in tongues, and fiery nuns
rap truth to knaves. None


can name the kind of faith 
that rocked your soul 
in the bosom of Timberdance,
 
but a warm spring bathed 
your late years, submerging self 
to nurture words in perfect strangers. 


It’s just the broken way 
of things that what we love 
will leave too soon. 


 
Authentic poets never die, 
they just transcend. Their words 
become their epitaph 


 
their thoughts a meme, 
their spirits, muse. Unburdened 
of body returned to the source


 
to the place beyond words 
where they go to be born,  
your essence awaits: 


 
A brief note, held sweet 
                against silence 
echoes forever 
        the memory of grace.
 
 
Bob Ambrose will be reading from his collection Journey to Embarkation on Friday, June 23, at Avid Bookshop [Prince Avenue location]. The joint reading with Gene Bianchi, another Word of Mouth poet, starts at 6:30. Bob's website is Reflections in Poetry.

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