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Louise Ann Runnings

June 12, 1928 ~ May 21, 2014

This is no sojourn,

this is for keeps, I say

My life is here. It will not sail away

to find a grail,

a golden fleece elsewhere.

I live by staying where I have to stay.

They travel most

who most have lost their way.

Mine I have found

in this provincial air.

My life is here. It will not sail away

on thrashing errands.

Circle the seas who may:

the hub of my circumference is here.

I live by staying where

I have to stay

at home. The world

revolves me night and day

because I know

my place and I adhere.

My life is here. it will not sail away

and leave me lost.

The season only play

at journeys, then rejoin me.

Far is near to me,

still staying where I have to stay

among my kind.

Chaliced river, array

of peltry sun - -

indigenous grounds declare

my life is here, it will not sail away.

I live by staying

where I have to stay.

- Norma Farber

In the memory of Louise (Ann), donations may be made to Amnesty International.
Published in The Seattle Times on June 12, 2014
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