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Marilyn Donnelly: In Last Light



The wedding tents are rising

on the manicured lawn

by the reedy marsh,

white silken canopies shining

against the scrub pine.

The bride hides inside

her flowered bedroom

lost in the reflecting pool

of a pine-framed mirror,

wondering if she should fly off

with the gray-washed gulls

who wait impatiently

at the edge of the blue bay.



He who

took the steps

by two

now pauses

on each tread

and I

who love him so

am filled

with dread.



In last light

seeking peace

the heart sings

no more things

no more things


Copyright 2018 by The Estate of Marilyn Donnelly

Marilyn Pfohl Donnelly was a Pittsburgh poet and philanthropist who died on Sunday, January 7, 2018, age 88. She was the wife of the late Thomas Donnelly and the mother of seven children, five still surviving, and the grandmother of thirteen. Her collection of poems Coda was published by Autumn House Press in 2010.


Photo: Shaun Dunphy

2 comments on “Marilyn Donnelly: In Last Light

  1. triciaknoll
    February 19, 2018

    Thank you for sharing this work.

    Liked by 1 person

    February 19, 2018

    Thank you for these reminders of Marilyn Donnelly’s great humanity and her ability to touch us with poems that resonate deeply with her wisdom, insight, and humor…

    Liked by 1 person

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