Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Remembering Our Loved Ones

Many years ago during the last week in March, we lost my wife’s brother to cancer. Any one who has lost a loved one and continued moving forward knows this is not an easy pathway. It comes with much in-depth thinking and reflection.

His wife Julie, a gifted poet, shared about this journey in a collection of poetry called Face to Face published by Cascadia in June 2010. Recently, she shared another poem with us that I in turn would like to share with all of you. I hope it will help you on your journey as you remember your loved ones this week.


By Julie Cadwallader-Staub

Skin, like piecrust, was invented

to keep our insides in

and the outside out.

Skin, like piecrust, is surprisingly tough;

stretches beyond imagining;

and can be patched with pieces of its own self,

leaving it strong in the broken places.

Thirty years ago this month, I prepared for my wedding;

Twenty years ago, I was raising three children under the age of five;

Ten years ago, my husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer

and we lost him.

Tell me, to whom do we belong if not to one another?

Doesn’t a longing for belonging

mark us as human beings?

The One who mixed flour and water

who fashioned us to be functional, resilient, beautiful-

that same Spirit pierces us

again and again

to let the inside out

and the outside in

that we might pray,

and change

and recognize our need for one another

and for the One who made us

that we might embody the same gravitational force

exerted by a pie, just out of the oven:

the way it pulls people out of every dark corner,

with its fragrant promise of communion and joy.

(Reprinted by permission. To read more of Julie’s poetry, visit her website at

Geery Howe, M.A.Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer inLeadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational ChangeMorning Star Associates319 - 643 - 2257

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