Someone is Missing

(for Patsy Fisher 1932 - 2006)

Someone is missing— a crafter of quiet,
A beacon of love in the midst of riot;

Someone whose laughter scattered the thunder,
Someone who saw through eyes of wonder;

Someone who reckoned hate a blindness,
Someone who smothered fault with kindness;

Someone who wore her learning lightly,
Someone whose gentleness chided us slightly;

Someone who fashioned her heart a palace,
Someone whose innocence walled out malice;

Someone who harnessed hurt to healing,
Someone who knew just how you were feeling;

Someone whose painterly eye saw through you,
Someone who loved you before she knew you;

Someone who never called in her marker:
Someone is missing.  And life is darker.

WEST INDIES, 2006