A Hand Across Time -
A Tribute
to a Friend
For Marie

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person,

having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words,

but pouring them all right out, just as they are ---

chaff and grain together --- content that a faithful hand will take and sift them,

keep what is worth keeping, and with the breath of kindness,

blow the rest away.

---- Dinah Murdoch