Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Poem for Mourning

Your heart breaks
a thousand times
your soul rips to shreds;
the pain so bad
you feel you can’t
take any more

How can you
go on?
How can you face
another tomorrow?
You want to die, too …
but you don’t

You get up in the morning
put one foot
in front of the other
get through another day …
another night …
another day …

You go from intense pain
to feeling numb
sometimes the loss
is too overpowering
sometimes it hurts so bad
it feels the sorrow
will eat you alive

You feel alone
you feel no one understands
no one can know your loss.
sometimes it feels like
you’ll never get over it
that a part of you
has died, too.

You know others love you 
but they have
their own lives
they go home
to their togetherness
and you feel alone

But you go on …
slowly … day after day
and one day you pick
up the brush
paint a sky 
with your tears

Flowers and leaves
blossom from the shattered
pieces of your heart
and fall like raindrops
onto the canvas
the landscape dotted
with budding ashes

You stand back
look at your work
see the beauty 
beyond the tears
the life in the pain
comfort in sorrow

To know true love
is to feel the deep pain 
of intense loss
To know true love
is to find the courage 
to live

Healing will come
For now, allow the sorrow 
Remember others care
others are just a call 
or a prayer away
you are never truly alone.

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