but the memory of a life well spent is eternal.
It was Shelly's wish to create a continuing scholarship fund. The fund will provide up to $5,000 to assist a female science student at the University of Alaska (preferably with a wildlife biology and/or natural resources focus) with the flight training necessary to earn a private pilot's license and/or commercial or instruments rating towards achieving her career goals as a biologist-pilot in Alaska.
If you wish to donate to the scholarship fund, go to The Alaska Community Foundation website at http://www.alaskacf.org, then search with her name which will lead you to the donate link.
I thought the earth remembered me,
she took me back so tenderly,
arranging her dark skirts, her pockets
full of lichens and seeds.
I slept as never before, a stone on the river bed,
nothing between me and the white fire of the stars
but my thoughts, and they floated light as moths
among the branches of the perfect trees.
All night I heard the small kingdoms
breathing around me, the insects,
and the birds who do their work in the darkness.
All night I rose and fell, as if in water,
grappling with a luminous doom. By morning
I had vanished at least a dozen times
into something better.
a ruffle of fire trailing over the shoulders and down the back—
color of copper, iron, bronze—
lighting up the dark branches of the pine.
What misery to be afraid of death.
What wretchedness, to believe only in what can be proven.
When I made a little sound
it looked at me, then it looked past me.
Then it rose, the wings enormous and opulent,
and, as I said, wreathed in fire.