death is a howling, icy wind
indiscriminately snapping saplings
felling mighty gum trees
freezing buds before they can bloom
grief isn’t all stoicism
‘they’ve gone to a better place’
‘let them go’
‘only the good die young’
‘they’re with you in spirit’
‘move on with your life’
grief is a wounded puppy
whimpering in the night
a searing blow torch
grief is the glacial wind of death
slicing through outer layers
freezing soft flesh in mid stride
grief is the breath taking memory
of sparkling eyes
a gentle smile
the scent of a hug
grief is a question
will spring come again?
Tricia 13/07/2010

About triciabertram

I have written all my life. Writing helps me to make sense of a world I often don’t understand. Poetry is my supreme solace, closely followed by literature and music. When my son ended his life in 1999 I embarked on the most difficult journey of my life, my grief journey. To survive in this unknown, harsh landscape I had to write. It was for me, the only way I could even begin to move forward. Then in 2009 my darling husband died suddenly and so my journey continues. I write about other issues but because of my life experience, grief and death are continuing themes in my writing life. In our culture I believe there is a fear of death, an inability to accept the inevitability of our mortality, and this creates enormous difficulties for the bereaved and those around them. I have begun this blog in the hope I will create a small ripple in the pond of fear that is currently drowning the reality of death and grief. I will continue to skim the stones of my truth, watch them bounce, and see how many ripples I can make.

Posted on December 2, 2011, in Poems. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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