Friday, February 17, 2012

Beauty in the Fragility of Life

Dear Mary,

In the spring of 1994 my son underwent an unrelated cord blood transplant at Duke University Medical Center .  It was a fearful, terrible time.  One afternoon, I slipped out long enough to hear you read in the Rare Books Room of the Library.  Your reading of"Wild Geese" lifted my heart and gave me strength to go back and face many difficult days ahead.  You helped me find beauty in the fragility of life and to remember to savor every single moment of breath in the body.  To this day, any time I hear a line from that poem, my soul ascends to a higher space and I am once again grateful to have been on the planet at a time when I could read and hear your words.

Thinking of you and sending healing thoughts your way.

Sarah Sullivan

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