RBG: In Memoriam

Adrienne Amundsen
Posted September 20, 2020 from United States

RBG, Sept. 19,2020

 

She held on as long as she could,

cancer eating her body,

chemo that would have felled a lesser woman.

She must have felt us all leaning on her,

and stood as long as she could,

like a great tree in a burning forest.

As trees send out their desperate calls

to others in their tribe,

send chemical signals to quickly seed,

send pheromones to fend off the predators,

so her endurance fuelled our fight

as the violent hordes moved in.

We tried to prepare

but the earth shook when she fell,

and tears poured like the storms we have called for

during this time of drought and fire.

Can we hold the door without you, beloved?

Each of us a sister, rising in your circle,

unopened seeds bursting open in the fire,

beginning the long, slow journey from shoot to sapling,

sapling to tree,

remaking the forest even as it burns.

 

Adrienne Amundsen

 

This story was submitted in response to From Poetry to Paintings .

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Tamarack Verrall
Sep 20
Sep 20

Dear Adrienne,
Thank you for this beautiful poem honouring such a great women, dedicated to freedom and fairness for women. Although she was not in my country, I, and so many of us here were inspired by her brilliance, her work, her courage, the strength of her voice. It is hard to fathom that she has passed. "Each of us a sister, rising in your circle". Standing with you from Canada.

Adrienne Amundsen
Sep 22
Sep 22

Thank you for your reply! We do have to reach hands across our borders in these challenging times!

ARREY- ECHI
Sep 21
Sep 21

Dear Adrienne,

Thank you for this beautiful ode to RBG.
I must say, I knew very little about her until the day she died and I got up to see #RBG all over my timeline. I was intrigued and dug up more about her. To say I was impressed by the power of her voice for the fight against women issues and fairness could be an understatement and I was only sad I could get to know more about her only after her demise.
Grateful for the internet to show us a glimpse of who she was and her legacy we all could tap from.

I enjoyed this beautiful poem, honouring a worthy amazon.

Adrienne Amundsen
Sep 22
Sep 22

I am glad my poem added to your discovery of this amazing woman! We so needed her here in the US where our rights are being eroded every day.

Andrace
Sep 22
Sep 22

Hi Adrienne,
Congratulations on your first post and a big welcome to the sisterhood.

I can relate with this disease coming from a family who has lost loved ones to the battle and suffering. It is all so sad...the hopeless and helpless feeling. Thank you for your awesome poem in honour of a woman of valour and candour-RBG. May she live in our hearts forever for all she stood for and achieved.

Loving hugs,
E. J.

Adrienne Amundsen
Sep 22
Sep 22

I appreciate your support, and am sorry for your losses as well. Our hearts hold so much

Nini Mappo
Sep 22
Sep 22

Hello Adrinne,
I never knew RGB, so thank you for introducing her even if now when she is absent, and for honouring her work and her passion.
'remaking the forest even as it burns' is so sad, but true unfortunately. I can only pray that we make more saplings than the fire is consuming, even if we cannot halt the second law of thermodynamics and decay.

Adrienne Amundsen
Sep 22
Sep 22

Thank you so much for your response and support. We are in this together.

Hello, Adrienne,

Welcome to World Pulse! I'm glad that a new voice from the U.S. is rising up!

What a lovely first post you've written, dear: a tribute to RGB!

I love the phrase " as long as she could". That made me tear up. She was a fighter on both gende equality and cancer. She fought as long as she could. That speaks volumes. May all of us who are alive fight,l gender inequality, too, as long as we could. That way her death won't be in vain; her legacy lives on.

Please keep on writing, dear sister. We love to know more about you.

Welcome again to our growing sisterhood!

Adrienne Amundsen
Sep 22
Sep 22

I so appreciate your reply. Yes, we honor her legacy by fighting as long as we can!

Wala Lut
Sep 26
Sep 26

Hi,
That is so nice to read.

Thanks for sharing.

Beth Lacey
Sep 23
Sep 23

We are all blessed to have known her

Metiege Noel Eve
Sep 24
Sep 24

Thanks for sharing

Shirin Dalaki
Sep 24
Sep 24

Dear Adrienne,

Welcome to World Pulse and thank you for sharing this beautiful poem about RBG with us. What you wrote is so true and makes mourning of her easier. I like it that you express this huge loss for United States in the form of poetry... makes me want to write a poem about her too. I love to know more about you and what we can do to support you.

Shirin

Sabiha Hasan
Sep 25
Sep 25

So beautiful, explains painful journey of rbg .

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Sep 26
Sep 26

Greetings sis Adrianne,
Welcome to World Pulse and congratulations in writing your first published story.
I truly believe RGB story is a contribution to experiences, thoughts and learning to cope and healing we can all can adhere to, learn from and show compassion. Her story takes us to that forest.
Thank you,

Mama Queen

J Brenda Lanyero
Sep 26
Sep 26

Hello dear.
This is really great. Thank you for honouring such a great woman.