Last Rites


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last rites


In Tuscon, Arizona at 10:00 a.m. , my aunt Naomi will be laid to rest. Family members will be gathered. Tears will be shed. Maybe even smiles as someone recalls who this woman is/was. The tension of 3 weeks going from water aerobics and laughter to final breath has subsided. Now the silence.

I’m not there. I’m not with them. But i feel the impact of family at such a time. I don’t usually attend family gatherings unless the timing’s right and my mood is high. Although I live on a kibbutz, my socializing is limited. I tend to write more than speak. I tend to research more than share. And now that my Aunt has passed, I really can’t say if she was extroverted or not. I don’t know. It’s been years since I’ve really spent days with her. I feel her energy, but I know little of her manifestations.

Luckily, her four children are all energetic beings filled with humour and talent. In this way, her DNA continues and her unique attributes expand, exponentially.

Rest in peace, dear Aunt.


a flower blooms
bee and pollen party
until the end


bee, collecting pollen image by amlet from


haiku therapy

My aunt is very ill.

She’s 8,000 miles away.

I go to bed, I wake up: e-mail?


colours and tears
flowers attract love
butterflies at dusk


i write before looking, and then i look.

Sometimes i’ll add a phone call, sometimes there’ll be a flurry of e-mails. With my dear cousin, A. With my parents. With my brother and sister.

This is not a celebration of illness, but a drawing together of clan energy. We want our dear Naomi to conquer the physical illness and pop back to her old self. How we dread the continuation of pain. Why pain? why must a vital energetic spirit be subjected to pain? If death, then quiet leave of absence. If health, then a quick reminder of pain in order to stimulate the body to overcome. Isn’t that possible to arrange?

All hopes and prayers (if thoughts are things, then let them be fat and accurate) go to one of the two directions. i vote for life. Many votes are required. Please vote.

butterfly, judih '99