Posting this photo of family who have passed and who this morning at 5:30 welcomed my brother Bob home. He died this morning literally while I was texting my brother Tom to find out how Bob was doing, who has been in Hospice care this past week in his final stages of Lewy body dementia. Love to everyone and a plea in my brother Bob’s memory to love each other.
(L-R: my father, Albert Charles Cizauskas; my mom’s mom, Amelia Ambraziejus, aka Nana; my mom’s father, Josus Ambraziejus; my father’s mother, Anna Cizauskas; and my beautiful mother, Genovaite Josephine Ambraziejus Cizauskas.) — at Brooklyn, New York.
Brother, husband, love,
Leaving this home, broken hearts,
Slipping sweetly to the stars.
Cathedral Flames. Picnic Point, Madison, Wisconsin. Wednesday, 18 October 2017.
Owning its beauty
With courageous strength growing,
Golden Orbs. Camp Galilee, Glenbrook, Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Thursday, 15 September 2016.
Seeds of summer sun
Gracefully giving their life
As we walk the path.
Eden’s Spider. Camp Galilee, Glenbrook, Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Tuesday, 13 September 2016.
Seeking fuschia leaves
Spinning her lines at Tahoe,
Spider of Eden.
Dark Star. Camp Galilee, Glenbrook, Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Tuesday, 13 September 2016.
Dark star alone in your joy,
Unafraid to shine.
Daisy Lake. Camp Galilee, Glenbrook, Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Tuesday, 13 September 2016.
Summer sighs and Autumn winds:
Lifting the sheet and summer blanket high
While the morning air struggles to billow them underneath
As they sink onto the bedframe,
When you taught a five-year-old gangly girl
Who adored you so and loved your hugs swallowing hurt and worry
Into your arms strengthened by years of cleaning
And softened by years of cooking and tasting for seven
And rounded by the weight of bringing five into this world
(A labor you called sweet and easy),
How to make a bed just so,
Smoothing out the lines to a crisp and fresh clean.
Now she allows the sheet to wrinkle and the blanket to hold stains,
A reminder that one year you are gone,
As her childhood and your protective love.
The author with her mom when Carol visited to say goodbye. Saturday, 21 June 2014. Falls Church, Virginia.
Is just a Tahoe daydream
Washed onto my shores.
Carol Cizauskas and Don Prather celebrating their first anniversary at Emerald Bay, South Lake Tahoe, California, Saturday, 15 November 2014
With hearts full of joy
Carol and Don wish you a