Today is the day


Coal Oil Point
Tonight the sky with its plummy texture
Is especially dear to me, and the small purple
Flowers shuddering in the sand.
Tonight the wind curls soft and salty against
My bare arms with that strange lively mourning.
You let me look at you and understand that
Nobody has ever had eyes like yours, fringed with
Red-gold lashes, and nobody will again.
I look up at the stars and pity them:
The more they burn the faster they die.
How I burn makes me live beyond myself.
Catherine Simpson is a cellist who lives in Berkeley. She has been previously published in Big River Poetry Review, Right Hand Pointing, Spectrum, Step Away Magazine, Into the Teeth of the Wind, Poydras Review, and Splash of Red.
This work is Copyright Β© 2013, and owned by Catherine Simpson and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

UPDATE: Surgery was a success! Buff is recovering. She didn’t lose any other organs and it was the best case scenario. Now on to healing.

53 thoughts on “Today is the day

  1. Oh, Elizabeth. Thank you so much for sharing that beautiful poem. Sending so many thoughts and prayers to Buff and the surgeons for a successful surgery and great outcome. And sending thoughts and prayers to you as well as you hold space! <3 <3 <3

    • Thank you, Wynne πŸ’• It’s going to be a long day. That poem especially touched me, not only is it beautiful, but those eyes she’s looking into are my son’s. I asked Buff if I could post this and she said the more prayers the better.

      • I wondered that about the eyes. My goodness, I feel chills all over. Beautiful, strong and loving. Big prayers to you all!!

      • Buff’s poem was written in 2013 when they first got together. I so appreciate your prayers. My son had a 3 to 5 a.m. radio program on the UC Santa Barbara campus. It was a blend of poetry and music and he’d invite Buff to read her poetry to complement the music he’d select. I’m sure my husband and I were the only ones who set our alarms to listen. 😊

  2. Oh my. Yes. How Buff described his eyes. So much goodness and love. Sending prayers and love to all of you…please let Buff know how much we appreciate the generous sharing of her artistry. A privilege. πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’•

  3. I was awake for a few
    minutes in the middle of the night and I prayed for your two girls and their health issues. That God woke me up and brought them to mind, even though I didn’t know the surgery was today, reminds me that God is always timely and He is already working in this situation. I wonder how many other warriors He called to prayer on her behalf?

  4. Poetry set to music. How very lovely. Buff is in my thoughts and prayers as are all of her friends and loved ones

  5. Sending my prayers and best wishes for you daughter in law Elizabeth. May she recovers quickly and the procedure goes smoothly. Amen
    A beautiful poem by her.

  6. Thank you for sharing the beautiful artwork, E.A. I’m keeping you, Buff, and your family in my prayers and hoping for the best possible outcome. ❀️

  7. EA- my sincere hope is that the surgery goes well, follow up treatment does what it must and that Buff, your son and all family can see a future full of hope, lightness, love and peace. My thoughts will remain with you as you all navigate this journey.

      • I can only imagine how hard the news was to hear EA. I know that there is a rise in colon cancer diagnoses among much younger people and no one really knows why. Please take care- you know we are all pulling for your whole family and sending hugs.

    • Thank you! All good thoughts, prayers and positive vibes are appreciated. It’s a relief to finally have surgery day here. I’ve been operating in frozen and shock mode up until now.

  8. Prayers that all would go well and that she can beat cancer! Sorry she has to go through it. Glad you can feel so close to her, that is a gift. I am close to my MIL and feel bad for the ones who have troubled relationships with in-laws.
    Thanks for sharing her poem, it is very good.

    • Thank you! I’m amazed at how people were praying for her around the world and how well her surgery turned out. They will get pathology results in one to two weeks.

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