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Posts Tagged ‘#847 + “She / In the dark / Found light Brighter than many ever see…” + CONNIE CATES SHELLA 5 September 1954 – 23 January 2019 ; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;’

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Catherine L. Johnson

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She,
In the dark,
Found light
Brighter than many ever see.
She,
Within herself,
Found loveliness,
Through the soul’s own mastery.
And now the world receives
From her dower:
The message of the strength
Of inner power.

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Langston Hughes

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CONNIE CATES SHELLA

5 September 1954 23 January 2019
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/indianapolis-in/connie-shella-8138040

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AWEwoman.

I can see her as a child,

my cousin,

with her
long platinum brown hair falling
below her shoulders,
a quiet regal presence
and
a graceful ballerina demeanor.

Astonishing, to me.

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I knew her

as a woman

who was luminous,

grace,

fierce

in her determination
to

endure,

transcend

and

prevail.

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Her opened heart was

a July ruby bloom,

a maternal warm nest,
a safe hearth.

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Connie,

my “cousin-sister”,

a Queen,

who invited,
welcomed
and

upheld truth-telling,

elegant dignity

and 

lived the deep sea courage

of

unfathomable loving,

boundless hope,
with

a heartfire

that shined kind tenderness,
remarkable resilience
and

radiant beauty.

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My cousin’s

soul

spiraled, soared tonight *

escaping her knotted coiled body
and,
in her last exhale,

a bright star

was created
in the vault
of
the
night sky.
* Wednesday, 23 January 2019

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Connie Cates Shella,

my beloved unrepeatable cousin,

your radiance lives forever

in my heart beat.

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2019/01/27/847-she-in-the-dark-found-light-brighter-than-many-ever-see-connie-cates-shella-5-september-1954-23-january-2019/

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She,
In the dark,
Found light
Brighter than many ever see.
She,
Within herself,
Found loveliness,
Through the soul’s own mastery.
And now the world receives
From her dower:
The message of the strength
Of inner power.

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Langston Hughes

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CONNIE CATES SHELLA

5 September 1954 – 23 January 2019
https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/indianapolis-in/connie-shella-8138040

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AWEwoman.

I can see her as a child,

my cousin,

with her
long platinum brown hair falling
below her shoulders,
a quiet regal presence
and
a graceful ballerina demeanor.

Astonishing, to me.

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I knew her

as a woman

who was luminous,

grace,

fierce

in her determination
to

endure,

transcend

and

prevail.

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Her opened heart was

a July ruby bloom,

a maternal warm nest,
a safe hearth.

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Connie,

my “cousin-sister”,

a Queen,

who invited,
welcomed
and

upheld truth-telling,

elegant dignity

and 

lived the deep sea courage

of

unfathomable loving,

boundless hope,
with

a heartfire

that shined kind tenderness,
remarkable resilience
and

radiant beauty.

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My cousin’s

soul

spiraled, soared tonight

escaping her knotted coiled body
and,
in her last exhale,

a bright star

was created
in the vault
of
the
night sky.

 

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

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Thank you, Connie.
You live forever in my heart beat.

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Connie WITH me. 13 July 2015.

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

ARTIST SONIC / VISUAL COEUR POET / WRITER SEE/SEA BEAUTY DETECTIVEPRIEST / ACTIVIST/ SACRED TRUTH-TELLING INTEGRITY RADIANCE

CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

ARTIST SONIC / VISUAL COEUR POET / WRITER SEE/SEA BEAUTY DETECTIVEPRIEST / ACTIVIST/ SACRED TRUTH-TELLING INTEGRITY RADIANCE