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Eulogy for Marge

My Mother-In-Law, Marge Ettinger passed on May 23. I would like to share with you a villanelle I wrote to celebrate this remarkable woman I had the honor to call Mom.

Eulogy for Marge Ettinger

May 23, 2019

 

She lived for the love of wild things,

penstemon on a hillside along the Deschutes,

but even boulders tumble from erosion.

 

Blue-violet against rust in the high dessert

made her quiver for joy,

she lived for the love of wild things.

 

The sound of bees in the cuddle of the hive,

light and shade deep in the Metolius,

but even boulders tumble from erosion.

 

On horseback across the Warm Springs,

invited to the sacrament of flowers,

she lived for the love of wild things.

 

Layers of lava and the sight of pollen,

fissures in rocks and stamens,

but even boulders tumble from erosion.

 

Her eyes in the sky searching for pelicans,

the song of every bird and every feather,

she lived for the love of wild things,

but even boulders tumble from erosion.

 

 

By ameliadiazettinger

Amelia Díaz Ettinger was born in Mexico but was raised with her paternal family in Puerto Rico, where she grew up as a single child in a large, male-dominated, family. At nineteen she ran away to Washington State, to pursue a Master’s of Science in Biology and to liberate herself from the hermetic hold the island, and her family had on her. Currently, she is finishing her first year in Eastern’s MFA program in creative writing. Her poetry and short stories have appeared in journals and anthologies. Her first collection of poetry was published in 2015 by RedBat Press, Speaking at a Time. Learning to Love a Western Sky will be available this fall from Airlie Press, and Fossils on a Red Flag will be available from Finishing Line Press next year.

2 replies on “Eulogy for Marge”

What a lovely tribute to your mother-in-love! I just lost my 97 year old mother so I understand fully the lines about “even boulders fall.”!

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