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A Birthday Poem for the Dead; Testament - In the Shadow of Leaves
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A Birthday Poem for the Dead; Testament
From Bluejo's Journal, 14th October 2008:
She dances golden, in a drift of leaves,
she dances stark, skeletal, in the dark,
she dances in a cloud of solid green,
she dances with her branch and leaf and bark.

She dances with the birds, the wind, the street,
with child in stroller, with a hurrying nun,
with gardners, shoppers, lovers as they meet,
she dances, as we dance, around the sun …
    Jo Walton
The birthday of my late father, now "Rolled round in earths diurnal course, With rocks, and stones, and trees".

Made my Last Will & Testament today, at least a first best draft of it (signed, sealed, witnessed). Avoiding for once my besetting sin of Making The Perfedt The Enemy of The Good, I settled for a simple, cut-down version which at least gives a start, and will avoid, I trust & hope, for my survivors the hideous mess I was landed in by Chris' death intestate.

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elisem From: elisem Date: October 14th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC) (Link to this Entry)
You are mighty.

Also, *hug* offered. And that's a very cool Jo poem.
mjlayman From: mjlayman Date: October 16th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC) (Link to this Entry)
It's hard to admit that you're going to die, and then to deal with all the needed paperwork ahead. I don't have survivors other than the cats and I've made arrangements for whichever cats I own when I die, in my will.

I love the owl in your icon. Is that a pin? It looks handmade.
mcpye From: mcpye Date: April 11th, 2009 11:16 am (UTC) (Link to this Entry)
It's an actual ancient Greek Athenian coin, or possibly a reproduction of one. Athena's bird was the owl. Her gift to mankind was the olive tree; you can see the leaves and fruit at the upper left.

IIRC, she and Poseiden were competing for the best, most useful gift, possibly to become the guardian deity of the city, and he created the horse, but the other gods favoured her olive tree, so she became the tutelary deity and the city was called Athens.

Athena/Minerva is high on my list of patrons.
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