Whispering Farewell

A delusion of invincibility
reflects the indifference
(a prodigy of fear)
to the viral menace wafting
over the surface of all peoples.

Each life is precious
yet like the dervish moth
circling the candle’s flame,
a burst of radiance
…we are gone.

Love and forgiveness
are forged in the
furnace of the heart.

Peel away the heart’s armor,

walk on searing coals.

Be outrageous.

Tell someone “I love you.”

Ask for forgiveness

before whispering

as pestilence
bores into the lungs
of your beloved and neighbor.

After closing his practice of 35 years in 2011 as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and with the publication of his first collection of poems, “A Heart on Fire, Poems from the Flames,” in 2014, David C. Weiss has been devoted to writing poetry and leading workshops for new poets. He is on the faculty of OLLI College at the University of Southern Maine and a visiting instructor of poetry at Sera Jhy Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in South India. David plays the “shakuhachi,” a Japanese end-blown bamboo flute used by monks of the “Fuke” school of Zen Buddhism in the practice of “suizen” (blowing meditation). He earned his Master of Theology and Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology degrees from Boston University. You can follow David on his website.

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