How beautiful the beloved

How beautiful
The beloved.

Whether garbed
In mortal tatters,
Or in her dress
Of everlastingness—

Moon broken
On the water,
Or moon
Still whole
In the night sky.

From How Beautiful the Beloved by Gregory Orr. Copyright © 2009 by Gregory Orr. Originally published by Copper Canyon Press. Used with the permission of the poet.

This poem was read in the On Being episode “Shaping Grief With Language.”