grief, also rises

there are things
small things great things
words do not adequately
describe or identify
the flower plucked too soon
a vacancy left by a deceased pet
there are no homilies that comfort
the weariness of an empty room nor
the tragedy of a mother selecting
a casket and dress to lay her little girl to rest

these feeling things
swallow you up
eat your soul whole
these somethings do not make for
rhythmic ditties to calm the ill-tempered witness
instead they are battle cries to pick up armour
slay the hated beast
storm the enemies castle
though you know
this battle
you will
not win

death doesn’t play fair and it’s sister, grief, is treacherous as well. they can arrive on the most ordinary day and twist your world in very unordinary ways. my father use to tell me that death is nothing but a circle. and if i were to looked at it i would see it as a continuation not an end. my father was also a poet. he didn’t have any words for grief other than to say, ‘it’s a mutha phucka.’ which is the greatest truth he ever imparted.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. He sounds like a wise man!

    1. He was a complicated man.

  2. heyannis says:

    A special-to-me poem today. Thank you, Wanda. xoA

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