The Joyful Quaker


After sitting quietly through her memorial service

words spoken

only when moved

through the Spirit

of her compassion, love of family, and good works,


we partook of meticulously wrapped vegan delicacies,

discussed her philosophy of forgiveness as prophetic action,


and listened to choice selections from the ABBA songbook

while watching a video of her skydiving on her eighty-first birthday.


 – February 2016

for Patricia Palmer


 – Carlos Valentin III, who is is a member of Pima Meeting in Tucson, AZ (IMYM)

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