by Lisa Baxter
(Spencer, IA)

My sorrow is full, candles no longer dance
The flame burns like my tears
Where are you? You cannot not be.
Perhaps because you were part of me
The pain is now my soul.

The hot tears flow again;
There is no timing of them – they come at will and refuse to be damned.
I don’t want release; grief is keeping you alive.
I fear the time when I can no longer hear your voice or see your smile.
I no longer fear death; in death I will be with you again.


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Nov 19, 2013
Dear Lisa
by: Anonymous

Thank you for sharing this poem. I can completely relate to the emotions you have expressed.

After reading your poem I felt like my own emotions were completely understood, and I realised that I am not alone in this awful, dark place called grief.

Wishing you all the best for the scary, strange and unplanned future we have now been forced to face.


Nov 16, 2013
by: Lisa

thank you Judith. This isn't a "club" I want to belong to, but it helps to have a place to put our thoughts down and received caring responses from others who are experiencing the same loss.
It will be one year on December 8th and it still hurts as much as if it was one week. I appreciated your kind words.

Nov 15, 2013
Losing our loves
by: Judith in California

Lisa, your poem is so meaningful to most of us who have lost our loves. It expresses so much. Especially about the tears coming at their own will. We have no plans to cry but without warning here they come and we are back to day one of their loss with each memory of them. It's been 3 years ,2 months for me.
I wish you days of peace to override the days of grief.

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