Cosmos, Dandelions and Parachutes

One of my favorite poems that Kaitlyn wrote is “Dandelion.” I never knew of its existence until after she died and found where she had written it when she was in undergrad and it was in a publication they had.

The poem is a metaphor (or maybe more of a simile) using the parachutes of the dandelion as its subject. I never knew the little things that flew off dandelions looked like parachutes until I read the poem as I have never looked that closely.

My favorite new series on TV is “Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey” with Neil DeGrasse Tyson. It is a wonderful series about the cosmos that is a new version of what astrophysicist Carl Sagan started years ago before he died. I never watched the first version as I had never even heard of it. How a child that loves anything pertaining to the universe could miss this series is beyond me. But I am so happy to see this new one.

Astronomy is something that Kaitlyn and I shared a love. It’s one of the many things that tied our souls together and I find so few people to share this love with….well actually I can share it with no one anymore because she was the one that got it and loved it too.

The first time I watched Cosmos I noticed as part of the intro that it shows a Dandelion with its tiny parachutes blowing in the wind and you can actually see that they ARE shaped just like parachutes. When I watch this intro I think of Kaitlyn and think of her now in the vastness of the cosmos that we so love. I’d rather her be here though…..but I think of her and this is the world I share with her……

Kaitlyn your parachute flew too soon.


You know how you lost her:
letter by letter.

The poem of her unlaced;
like a chain of dandelions you whispered to,
blew away their tiny parachutes. Early,
too early. Not even in time to meet the honey bees.
And some of them flew, found a spring.

Walk through the meadow, dear;
wonder which were yours.

–Kaitlyn Elkins

About gatito2

My name is Rhonda. I'm a registered nurse, for the last 20 years, that has not been able to work since the day I learned of my daughter's death by suicide 4-12-13. (She actually died 4-11-13 and her body was not found until the 12th) Me and my husband have been married for 32 years and he's a wonderful man. We grieve in different ways. He works, I write. This is my journey through this horrible land of losing a child..
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9 Responses to Cosmos, Dandelions and Parachutes

  1. Uncle Spike says:

    Beautiful poetry, beautiful music – thanks Rhonda 🙂


  2. gatito2 says:

    Thank you.


  3. Anonymous. says:

    I love this series too; I have never seen the original either. Neil DeGrasse Tyson is doing a really wonderful job! I think in one of the episodes there’s another reference to the dandelion, if I remember correctly.

    Kaitlyn’s poetry is consistently beautiful. I never realized the little ” parachutes” either and will take a closer look.


  4. gatito2 says:

    Wonderful to find another Cosmos lover!


  5. edgarone2 says:

    A haunting lyrical poem.
    Thank you.


  6. gatito2 says:

    Haunting it is. She wrote it when she was 20 I assume.


  7. Cathy in Missouri says:

    So well put. Yes, exactly.

    Remembering Kaitlyn.


  8. cathjw says:

    Such a beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing it.


  9. gatito2 says:

    You’re welcome. I think that poem was very telling.


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