Thatched and lashed with horsehair
thread, even well-built nests
have casualties, tip in a storm,

spill family overboard, and we
remain to make repairs – find reason,
where so often there is none.

If we have love, we have no choice
but to fall with them, over and over
into the void – and we do it,

not to savor grief, but to collect
what parts we can, to piece our nest
back-together again.

                                            – for Alie and Jeff

2 responses to “IF WE HAVE LOVE

  1. Thanks John for your thoughtful words at this difficult time.


  2. In Memoriam:

    The ‘Jeff & Alie McKee Family Memorial’, has been established in Atascadero, California. Contributions can be sent to P.O. Box 200, Santa Margarita, CA 93453, or any Santa Lucia Bank branch.


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