My creative spark, long dormant, is reaching toward the light. I am not sick, but rather I offer this to you as a celebration of life, of my life in particular, and in the joy and surprise each day gifts to us.

011 bb cover stump

Do not seek for me among the dead,

But, rather, among the living.

Do not trace your trembling finger along cold stone

And mourn for my warmth.


Look for me where redwoods weave roots and reach into the heavens,

Where homeless curl inside burnt stumps left by long-dead loggers,

And children pump their feet to the sky and lean back hard

Against their own joy.

Look for me in the blush of a Cecil Brunner,

the shine of a raven’s wing,

And the soft green of a spring fiddle head.

Look for me in the cow elk who lifts her head beside a fog-shrouded lagoon,

And in the glorious smells of wild fennel, and marijuana,

and the black stink of the bay at low tide.

And look for me always

in the salmon who batter themselves against all odds

to reach the clear waters of home.



About Author and Speaker Pamela Foster

Pamela Foster is a speaker and author. Her first book, Redneck Goddess, is available at local bookstores and on Amazon. Her second book, Bigfoot Blues, will be available in August 2012.
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8 Responses to Elegy

  1. Jan Morrill says:

    Beautiful, Pam. Though I still miss you, I’m happy you are home. ❤️

  2. Indeed, always look among the living…

  3. Beverly says:

    I do miss you, but I always think of you sort of in the ways the poem lists, but from a country girl’s perspective. Living at Arkanshire, Independent Living but headed toward Dependent Living, the people here remind me everyday to live life to the fullest. Sending you light and love.

  4. Beverly says:

    What are you saying Pam? Are you okay? What is going on? Love you dearly and miss talking with you. Fill me in, please.

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