As Beautiful as a Flame

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.

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