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#36343 07/23/01 08:01 PM
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Keven, I cannot pray for & with you as some can - all I can offer is a few words from the heart

Common Tongue

A promise breaks:
Splintering shards of glass
That stab and slash us all with
Slivers of your pain
Worlds fall
Words fail


There will be times of
Flame upon the mountain
Blistering agonies of sulphurous flux
That coruscate the heart and sear the mind
Blinding torrents and
Angry shouts that leave no room for hope
No pause for breath


There will be later times:
Whole dreary oceans roll
In deep and doleful splendour
Across the cold sea floor
Crabwise and endless
Green and bitter
Numb and
Empty as a brittle shell
Where love’s light
Spills in sombre chill


Yet from these gasping depths we rise
Pressure on our chest
Iron in our throat
And in the keening bite of bitter wind
The living tang of salt:
A promise on
Our lips
A word given flight
A glimmer of warmth
And the sharing of breath on
Our common tongue


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#36345 07/24/01 12:31 AM
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Yet from these gasping depths we rise
Pressure on our chest
Iron in our throat...


Maverick, you...I...oh...you do know, don't you? I can feel it, Dear Heart--we all can. Oh, Honey...I am riveted, and yet want to shut my eyes against the terrible beauty of your words, the truth---and I am ashamed, because it is not I who is living it. Bless you, love--bless you both.



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What a shock this was when Faldage told me about it tonight. Sandra and I were stunned. My heart goes out to Carol's family. She was a very lovely person and she will, I'm sure, be missed by many other people as well as her friends here on the board.

Keven, this must have been very hard for you. Thanks for letting us know.



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I'm sorry.


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I did not know BeingCJ except through her posts. Yet I, like many of the board, feel a common sense of loss. I am also moved to express my sorrow for the family and the friends on the board who were close and must feel the loss more keenly. My thoughts are with you all.
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A friend emailed me about BeingCJ tragedy.
After the initial shock I thought that the only thing I could do was reading her posts again. It has been an unforgettable experience.
Don't have more words.
http://wordsmith.org/board/showprofile.pl?Cat=&User=BeingCJ&Number=20444&Board=announcements&what=showthreaded&page=2&view=collapsed&sb=5&vc=1



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Like Rod, I knew Being CJ only through her posts, but this loss has brought home to me not only how true Donne's words are in general but htere particular relevance to those of us whose frienship exists through the board. I have never felt like an island, apart from mankind, but this has made me feel even more strongly how "every man's death diminishes me."

My deep sympathy to all of her family and close friends.


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It did occur to me while remembering what little I knew of BeingCJ, how possible it is for something to happen to one of our valued friends here and the rest of us would never know anything about it, just notice that someone is missing. Some of us have offboard contacts with other members, others don't. I realise caution is probably desirable but even if it's just an occasional phone call maybe we should keep in touch with each other in other ways too.

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I've just returned from visiting my three boys and their partners in Melbourne to learn of BeingCJ's passing.

As I currently live alone, I consider all board members to be part of my larger 'family' and this news has saddened me deeply.

My condolences to BeingCJ's family and friends.


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