seeing spots



sometimes death comes
at the hand of
natural causes,
sometimes death comes
at the hand of
freak accidents,
sometimes death comes
at the hand of
man and woman’s inhumanity
to man and woman.

it’s hard
there’s no doubt about that,
but if you can pause,
take a deep breath,
and look death
right square in the eye,
if you can hold yourself steady
and gaze at it long and hard
from a place of curiosity
and wonder,
if you can stay
instead of running away
at the first possible moment,
every now and then,
you see spots of beauty.



  1. Mrsmediocrity

    there is beauty in everything. sometimes it is hard to find, but if you look hard enough, it’s always there.

    • whollyjeanne

      yes, exactly. sometimes beauty sightings are easy . . . like with your poetry and your photos, which i can’t wait to catch up on later this week. i have got to get myself a rhythm. of course staying put for more than 2 hours at a time would help, too.

  2. Tracy Mangold

    There is a beauty in it. Because in nature life comes from death – the constant rotation of living, dying, living…always happening. We need only look, as do you!

    • whollyjeanne

      yes, sugar. exactly. sometimes, when things die, there’s space for bloom.

  3. ☆little light☆

    The dark spots are the best spots…

    • whollyjeanne

      agreed, sugar. absolutely agreed.

  4. Merry ME

    I’m not sure about the beauty of death. But I found gratitude in it. I held my mother’s hand until she passed across the abyss, and sat by my father’s side until he was wheeled away by the undertaker. A promise I made and kept. I  cleaned him, changed his clothes. Kissed him goodbye. All the while it felt like I was saying thank you. There is beauty in gratitude I think.

    • whollyjeanne

      yes, beauty in gratitude. having been an end-of-life doula many times over, i’ve found beauty in the peace that wraps itself around us as death approaches. when it comes to the death of relationships, i’ve found beauty in the freedom from negativity and chaos.
      this is a beautiful comment, sugar. i do so hope this is some of what you’re writing about. and p.s. i haven’t forgotten about your writing space. we’re gonna’ get you all set up and glowing, just as soon as i can figure out the best way to do it. ideas? suggestions? we can continue on facebook if you’d like, just keep a back-and-forth going via the comments. or we can switch to email. you just let me know what works for you cause i want those fingers in motion and soon.

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