Loss of a Builder

Song of the Builders

~ Mary Oliver

On a summer morning

I sat down

on a hillside

to think about God ~

a worthy pastime.

Near me, I saw

a single cricket;

it was moving the grains of the hillside

this way and that way.

How great was its energy,

how humble its effort.

Let us hope

it will always be like this,

each of us going on

in our inexplicable ways

building the universe.

 

The connections we make in this phenomenon called blogging are unique and perhaps slightly strange.  After all, who would believe the sense of closeness one can feel for people you’ve never actually met in person, people with whom you’ve communicated only through words typed on a small screen. 

But blogging often brings people together through a shared connection, a common interest or passion, and that common ground provides a basis for building a universe of friendship.  Dewey was a builder in the universe of book bloggers, creating numerous forums for us to exress our ideas about books, encouraging us to expand our reading horizons, working to bring readers from all points of the cyber universe together.

When I clicked over to her blog this morning, and read the words her husband wrote announcing her death, it struck me how appropriate was the title of her blog ~The Hidden Side of a Leaf.  For obviously, there was a very large aspect of Dewey’s life that we knew nothing about.  Was her illness the “hidden side of the leaf?”  Or was the underside of the leaf her reading and writing life, and the ideas she shared with us on her blog? 

For the remainder of the day, the words of Mary Oliver’s poem kept going through my head.. “each of us going on ~ in our inexplicable ways ~  building the universe.” 

Like Ms. Oliver, I hope it will “always be like this.”  That people like Dewey will surface in my life and in the lives of the world, people with energy and effort, with thoughts and ideas and the willingess to share them.  And even if we never meet them face to face, never sit on a hillside beside them and watch them work, no one can deny that we benefit from the connection. 

Rest peacefully, Dewey.

 

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12 thoughts on “Loss of a Builder

  1. What a wonderful and beautiful post to honor Dewey. She was indeed a builder – I think the book blogging community is seeing that today more than ever. She will be very missed.

  2. I love the idea of Bewey as a builder – so very apt. A beautiful post, Becca. I’m so shocked by this news and haven’t come to any kind of terms with it yet. Reading other blogger’s tributes does help, though.

  3. I love the idea of Bewey as a builder – so very apt. A beautiful post, Becca. I’m so shocked by this news and haven’t come to any kind of terms with it yet. Reading other blogger’s tributes does help, though.

  4. Oh my goodness.

    I had been a visitor to her site, too, and I suspected nothing. Your tribute here is so gorgeous, so honest and whole.

    Her husband’s note honors her so magnificently.

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