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Sooner or later, every living person is forced to face the loss of a loved one, in one way or another. This poem is from my own life, but I have left it open, so that it could speak for many different people, facing many different kinds of losses.
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What Can Be Said About Loss
|by Rosemary J. Gwaltney
What can be said about loss
In love -
Those gaping wounds bleeding from aching spirits.
Rich libraries of memories calling from those
Cob- webbed shelves of the mind, of empty
Arms, and absent laughter, loving ways,
Sparkling eyes no longer there. Of
Breakfast tables, lonely beds
And favorite things
What can be said about love
Rips the tapestry of a spirit apart, leaving threadbare
A soul unraveling. When child, friend, parent, or
Lover carries away with them irretrievably,
A central, vital piece of living. When
Nothing is ever the same again.
When healing takes so very
Long, leaving such
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