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The Unthinkable












All of Us, Everyone, Showing Up for Rory


For Clay, Devin, Maddie, Connor, Charlee, Emma, Bella, Jack,

Cade, Maggie, Schuyler, Eleanor, Hattie, Bridger, Delilah, Dock

I wish I could tell each of you today

that I am a brave man, that I have not lived

my life warding off grief, breathlessly listening

for breath sounds behind the doors

of seven then sixteen nurseries, making deals

with a God I don’t believe makes deals

for the asking, a supplicant everywhere

I’ve gone, begging protection against

the infinite pyre, smoke, ashes, embers

flying into my eyes in the wordless seconds

following the most terrible phone call

anyone on earth can receive,

a whistle, the shriek of wheels

coming into the station, telling me

the hour to be frightened is now past,

time to board the train, join the grieving,

the brave living, all of us, all of us, all

of us, holding hands, across the aisle,

over the back of seats, every day,

every day, every day a day to be

on the train, together, together, always

together, the train rattling ahead

into the everything coming our way,

the way our sweet boy would race

across the sand, big smile on his face,

diving fearlessly into the breaking surf

—Chief, 5 November 2023



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Susan J. T
Susan J. T
Nov 10, 2023

Much love to you and your family navigating this loss. I’m so sorry. As so often, your raw words strike deep emotions within. I admire your courage.

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write4hire
Nov 10, 2023
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Thank you, dear Susan.

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drrebeccacochrane
Nov 09, 2023

My heart aches for you. It has learned how to this past year, as the page of my own life was torn down the center into “before” and “after“. You capture that moment so painfully well- the hour to be frightened being past before we knew it had begun, and then nothing to be done but endless grief on tracks that stretch into the forever. Your togetherness is beautiful. I send my love into that beautiful tangle of arms and hearts.

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write4hire
Nov 09, 2023
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Thank you so much, Rebecca. So much.

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myadams1229
myadams1229
Nov 08, 2023

You taught us all about laying stones, living, and loving. Now, sadness, death, and grief. We are with you.

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margarita meyendorff
margarita meyendorff
Nov 08, 2023

Sent love to you and your family from the yoga mat this morning - felt your grief and everybody's grief as tears formed. No words. Mourka

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Susan Slotnick
Susan Slotnick
Nov 08, 2023

so sad..yet what other response is their then to pour your grief into a poem.. terrible, there are words but words at the same time

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