Almost Winter | In Memory of John Pfeiffer

December 14, 2009

with the onset of winter fast approaching, i’m looking forward to tramping around the countryside in search of worthy subjects to photograph. i love the contrast between this thorny branch and the late afternoon gray sky.

Into Death Bravely

by Jimmy Santiago Baca

throws his great white shield
on the ground,
breaking thin arms of twisting branches,
and then howls
on the north side of the Black Mesa
a deep, throaty laughter.
Because of him
we have to sell our cattle
that rake snow for stubble.
Having lived his whole life
in a few weeks,
slow and pensive he walks away,
dragging his silver-stream shield
down branches
and over the ground,
he keeps walking slowly away
into death




dec. 15.   since publishing this,  i learned that my cousin John Pfeiffer passed away unexpectedly sunday. it occurs to me now, that it was he who inspired this post.

6 Responses to “Almost Winter | In Memory of John Pfeiffer”

  1. Jeffrey Says:

    Great one. Wow, life and it’s many bounces.

  2. Lynne Says:

    John would have loved this.

  3. Laureen Says:

    This is beautiful. John was a very dear friend. I miss him more than I can express. There is a huge hole where my heart used to be. I also have a post inspired by John…two actually.

    Peace and blessings for you and your family.

  4. Laureen Says:

    I meant to say the posts are titled MY FROZEN HEART and A BIRTHDAY GIFT. There is also a small post for John that I did within 5 minutes of learning of his passing. Its not so great but I was so beside myself with grief its all I could manage.

    • julayne Says:

      thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my post. i looked at the posts you created for john. i found them to be full of love and admiration. john was on a tough lifepath; he worked off a lot of bad karma. i feel love and admiration for him too.

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