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A simple thing

to scatter his ashes

one would think

but Mt. Rainier

will never be

the same.


©  2017  Betty Hayes Albright


Image of Mt. Rainier from Wikipedia Commons


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32 years ago today, Mt. St. Helens erupted in Washington State, killing 57 people, including one of my dearest friends, her husband, and her two young children. Barb was always full of laughter, always saw the funny side of life.


The poem below was written shortly after her death:


Mount St. Helens erupted on May 18, 1980, at 0...

Mt. St. Helens on May 18, 1980



(in memory of Barb Pierce Morris Siebold, 1947 – 1980)


 You laughed above the heads

of those who couldn’t see

your wings,

but those of us with vision

always flew along with you.

Even in the rain

you’d soar above the mud

with a smile and a wink.


But just this once

your takeoff was too slow.

St. Helens grabbed you

in her smoky claws,

and with one spicy belch

she burned your wings away….


I found a bird

the cat brought in,

buried it

in forget-me-nots.

I heard your laughter

rising from the dust

and then it flew

to the curlicue clouds.


(c)1980, 2017 Betty Hayes Albright


For another “Barb” poem (written 2-1/2 months before she died):  https://raindancepoetry.wordpress.com/2011/08/28/down-moon-river-on-a-cement-slab/

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