The Distance

by Elouise

Universe and Tree,


The Distance between Lonely
and Alone is like the Chasm
between Perpetual Ache
and Irreversible Death

For one, Sweet Balm—
for the other, Being Embalmed
Here—and Not Here
There—and Not There

God encompasses
All of Life and All of Death
within a Universe
of Longing and Leaving

Bold Faith
Hopes for Companions
Counts on Resurrection
Lives with Joy and with Grief


Feeling my mortality and grateful for companions this week–friends here and not here, my children and relatives, my husband and our cat Smudge, you, other readers, and friends I don’t yet know exist.

© Elouise Renich Fraser, 19 January 2016
Universe Image from