“Brief and Fragile”

Today, a few close friends of Richard’s plan to hike in on an obscure mountain trail lined with wildflowers and pine trees to a canyon where we will commemorate Richard and scatter his ashes.

I remembered this little poem from the book, Earth Prayers…
by Maria Eugenia Baz Ferreira

To all that is brief and fragile
superficial, unstable,
To all that lacks foundation
argument or principles,
To all that is light,
fleeting, changing, finite
To smoke spirals,
wand roses,
To sea foam
and mists of oblivion
To all that is light in weight
for itinerants
on this transient earth
Somber, raving
with transitory words
and vaporous bubbly wines
I toast
in breakable glasses….