No Word of Farewell: Teaser Tuesdays

ImageI haven’t done this in a while (as I have been on tour) but I thought it might be fun to participate once again in Teaser Tuesday.

Here’s the boilerplate:

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


Today I am reading No Word of Farewell by R.S. Gwynn.  I opened to page 76 which features the poem Release.  (Mine is a used copy and someone has written above the poems, with narrow characters in blue pen, the stages of grief. “Acceptance” this one says.  The same reader also labeled this one as “cultural sonnet.”)

It doesn’t seem right to break up the poem to pull out two lines.  So here is the whole thing:




Slow for the sake of flowers as they turn

Toward sunlight, graceful as a line of sail

Coming into the wind. Slow for the mill-

Wheel’s heft and plummet, for the chug and churn

Of water as it gathers, for the frail

Half-life of spraylets as they toss and spill.


For all that lags and eases, all that shows

The winding-downward and diminished scale

Of days declining to a twilit chill,

Breathe quietly, release into repose:

                Be still.



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