This issue of Touchstone is dedicated
in loving memory to
Sr. Laurian Pieterek, FSPA

May 28, 1925- October 22, 2005

Sister Laurian
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She always saw the lilacs first.
Coming from town,
She loved to reach the last half-mile
Because the deep purple banks and snowy clouds
Of blossoms rode the sky
High above the neighbors’ house.

She always saw the lilacs first.
Coming into her bedroom
After cleaning the house,
Her eyes searched for the lilacs
As they bowed and whispered with the pines
Outside her windows.

She always saw the lilacs first.
Coming to a quiet space
When far from home and grieving
For her dead Mother who had planted the trees,
She always saw the lilacs first
In reverie.

She always saw the lilacs first.
Coming home last week,
Happy to touch her roots again—
She always saw the lilac trees first—
Piled neatly as cord wood
Beside the kitchen door.

 

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