Where had this cold come from?
"It comes from the death of your friend."
Will I always, from now on, be this cold?
"No, it will diminish. But always
it will be with you."
What is the reason for it?
"Wasn't your friendship always as beautiful
as a flame?"
Mary Oliver, "For Tom Shaw, SSJE (1945-2014)"
---from Mary Oliver, Felicity (New York: Penguin, 2015), p. 35.
Bishop Tom Shaw of Massachusetts and the Cowley Brothers, died October 17, 2014.