what is it that makes her special
makes her presence felt so deeply
midst this talented collection
of degrees in arts and letters

could it be she is so careful
to observe the best in people
and to share those observations
with assuring inspiration

what accomplishment is greater
than to lift the human spirit
through such genuine expression
that one’s memory records it

none of all our so-called brilliance
ever shined nearly as brightly
as the light from thoughts we treasure
when our hearts seem lost in darkness

this life lesson did she teach me
while her own world was in shadows
when I stopped to offer comfort
but instead found myself healed.

for my good friend Heather Lewis upon her retirement 


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