I am the seventh sister
Stars in her heaven
Shining around her
Offering her a sponge sucker
To wet her month since drinking from a cup
Has lost it’s appeal.
Dying is phenomenal
An out of this world experience- literally
As we sit beside her
We are so completely present
Attentive to each word, each look, each laugh
John is there too, sitting beside her
And with a knowing cackle
She gave him some advise….
(An insider remark if ever there was one)
What a privilege to know Ann Ripley
She has been an amazing friend
She has punch and wit and push back
Her brain still sharp, as her words slur and pause now
Her inner eye on the exit.
Her six daughters are in grief
I am too- it’s tough to say goodbye
But just as I was leaving
She gave me this piercing look
Of such love-
Such fierce sweetness- this.
It’s the path, it’s the right direction,
and the energy to travel this path”