My Dead Friends

I have begun,
when I’m weary and can’t decide an answer to a bewildering question

to ask my dead friends for their opinion
and the answer is often immediate and clear.

Should I take the job? Move to the city? Should I try to conceive a child
in my middle age?

They stand in unison shaking their heads and smiling-whatever leads
to joy, they always answer,

to more life and less worry. I look into the vase where Billy’s ashes were-
it’s green in there, a green vase,

and I ask Billy if I should return the difficult phone call, and he says, yes.
Billy’s already gone through the frightening door,
whatever he says I’ll do.

Marie Howe

I love this.  What good advice – Whatever leads to joy, to more life and less worry.   I came back to it several times before I found the last stanza.  The reminder that it’s often doing the difficult thing that lead to joy, more life and less worry.

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