Category: Grief

Isaiah 61:3 Beauty For Ashes

Ash Wednesday

snow covers cotoneasters

that will green soon

This morning I thought of Isaiah 61: 3 (KJV):

       …to give unto them beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise
for the spirit of heaviness…

Psalm 91 Feathers and Wings

He shall cover thee

with his feathers,

and under his wings

shalt thou trust . . .


Psalm 91: 4(a) KJV

Photo by Karl.

Psalm 42 – Song in the Night

Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts:

all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

Yet the Lord will command his lovingkindness

in the daytime, and in the night

his song shall be with me,

and my prayer unto the God of my life.

Psalm 42: 7-8 (KJV) 

Taking Turns

Taking turns
Letting each other go
Only to learn again
       How love grows,

For Enola M. Borgh, on her birthday. 

Published in Bell’s Letters Poet (2006).

Karl took the photo of the Autumn Joy in 2010.
Mom had this perennial in her yard too.

Audit: Poem and Photos by Susan Firer



November’s gold oak-leafed waves slop the pier;
the ancient salmon and trout move towards shore.

Each November it’s the same; each November
the healthy fish bring the old and sick in to die.

For two weeks, the long, quick fish swim the length
of the pier, thread the pilings until all the ones

that swim the shore breaking water with tails & fins
have beached & been eaten by gulls, stars, & hawks.

Then the steelhead, coho, brown
trout left return to deep water.

And the trees begin to look like saints in moonlight
and the black walnut fills with cedar waxwings
all balled up against the November winds.

Photos by Susan Firer.  Lake Michigan in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Poem by Susan Firer.  From her book, Milwaukee Does Strange Things To People: New & Selected Poems 1979-2007 (The Backwaters Press; Copyright 2007 Susan Firer).

Published here with Susan’s kind permission.