Poetry M - Z > Walsh, Kathleen
I water your hydrangea
I remember when your family came
Now I’ve never met you, and I
About this Poem
The poem is about an 18 year old guide who passed away last summer. There was a hydrangea planted in his memorial, and it was my job every morning to water it. Although I did not know Joe, we worked at the same company and was well known in the small community of West Forks, Maine, where we worked. This poem is about grief from an outsider's perspective, the grief that I felt over the tragic loss of this young life but didn't quite know how to express it, or even if I had any right to. I hope this poem serves as a comfort to those especially who have lost children, that their children's memory deeply impacts many people, even those who did not know the child directly.
About the Author
Kathleen Walsh is a student at Bowdoin College in Maine where she is studying English. When not studying Kathleen works as a raft guide on the Kennebec River.