The featured image and the following poem are part of a larger collection (titled “Transit”) which was the result of a collaboration with photographer Tom Darin Liskey in the spring of 2020. It was an honor to work with Tom, whose photography I have admired for many years. We are currently preparing this collection for publication. Stay tuned for updates on this collaboration.

Sometimes the deepest

Truths are on the surface

of a priest’s thumb. Ash

symbol of death, sign

of impermanence, icon

of a simple truth:

Every beginning

Has an end, and all stories

That start will stop.

Wisdom lives within

constraint, these opposing truths

that every child knows:

death will have its day

and sorrow. But here is love

and life wins in the end.


Image by Tom Darin Liskey

Poem by Kelly Belmonte

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