Looking at the mass card
on my desk and
thinking about Emma.
Wake today; funeral tomorrow.
A force of nature
we all thought invincible
is at rest after 101 eventful years.
Emma was the stuff of legends.
Her exploits and quotes
will live in our memories
and in the stories we share
with one another and with our children.
The Captain’s Room is empty now,
but the cottage porch boards
will continue to creak with
the weight of her step,

and her voice will be carried
on every summer breeze.


About Mary Jane

I am a retired English teacher. My husband, Frank, and I have lived on Cape Cod since 2000. I am a lifelong bread baker and writer and have been posting a blog on Falmouth Patch for the last few years. Savory Seasons has been largely devoted to recipes and food in general. I am hoping to expand my focus in this new blog.
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2 Responses to Emma

  1. Hello Mary Jane: Our mutual friend Cynthia referred me to your post about “Aunt Emma”. She was right, you really described that wonderful woman. I grew up in the School Street Village with Cynthia and knew Emma all my life. She is one of my big heroes. I am writing a post honoring her on my own blog http://schoolstvillage.blogspot.com and hope you allow me to quote your post. I will be following your blog as well and perhaps you can review mine. I have been blogging stories about the Village for almost 4 years and never run out of material . Emma and some of her friends have helped me along the way.

  2. Mary Jane says:

    Thank you for visiting my blog. Of course, you are welcome to quote from this post. I’m eager to visit your blog as well. You might want to look at the blog I posted called Celebrating Emma at the time of her 100’th birthday. The link is at the bottom of today’s post.

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