Milestones


Milestones

Another month
Another milestone
So many markers
On the roads of grief
February
Our wedding anniversary
March/April Easter
Last photo taken of my son
May
My husband’s birthday and Mother’s Day
July
Anniversary of my husband’s death
August
Anniversary of my son’s death
September
My son’s birthday and Father’s Day
December
My birthday and Christmas
Today is August 21st
Two days until
The anniversary of my son’s death
Where to this time
Will it be the road to I’m sad but coping
The cul-de-sac of crumpling
Possibly I’ll trip and fall into the ditch of despair
Or will joyful memory lane be this year’s destination
The thing with a grief journey is
So often the driver refuses to follow directions
Sometimes I don’t even make it to the car
Another milestone
Another mystery tour

Tricia 8/2013

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 August 21, 2013, in Poems and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. How very sad Tricia. Good wishes from across the world.

  2. A lovely reflection, Tricia, sad but lovely. And wherever the destination is I will be there with you giving you hugs of understanding and love xxxx(((Tricia))) xxxx

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