We have lost a friend, a colleague, a mentor.
Janet Meury, who was Powell Branch Library manager for many years, passed away late Tuesday, July 22, 2014 in Helena, Montana. She had been living there near her son and his family, including her twin granddaughters, truly the delight of Janet’s life. We shall miss Janet, but we treasure all the memories she provided with her calm, strong, reserved, graceful, loving, caring, thoughtful…(the list goes on forever, really) ways.
Please visit a link to photos from her retirement party on our Flickr account for some bittersweet memories.
Janet was also an accomplished writer and poet, who co-authored Listening to Stones with Sheila Ruble.
Here is one of Janet’s poems.
Here in the mind of my life, where the wind
is steady on high blond rocks, a canyon
whose river flows green around fallen gray
boulders, in an afternoon warm as rockface light –
Here I will hold you, at arm’s length
hold you, your face tan as sandstone, its glow
under your straw-brimmed hat. Solid
on the sure curves of your runner’s calves,
standing at ease, and your eyes the color
of that rim of clear air at the canyon’s edge.
I will hold you here, free in the peace of
long stone dreams, just here and warm and letting go,
always letting go–and always, too, coming together
tight in a hug that smiles down the long
canyon of my life, my birth, where my self dreams,
granite under the fingers of the wind and sun.