SYMPATHY POEMS: “For Grief ” by John O’Donohue


“For Grief “


When you lose someone you love,
Your life becomes strange,
The ground beneath you becomes fragile,
Your thoughts make your eyes unsure;
And some dead echo drags your voice down
Where words have no confidence
Your heart has grown heavy with loss;
And though this loss has wounded others too,
No one knows what has been taken from you
When the silence of absence deepens.

Flickers of guilt kindle regret
For all that was left unsaid or undone.

There are days when you wake up happy;
Again inside the fullness of life,
Until the moment breaks
And you are thrown back
Onto the black tide of loss.
Days when you have your heart back,
You are able to function well
Until in the middle of work or encounter,
Suddenly with no warning,
You are ambushed by grief.

It becomes hard to trust yourself.
All you can depend on now is that
Sorrow will remain faithful to itself.
More than you, it knows its way
And will find the right time
To pull and pull the rope of grief
Until that coiled hill of tears
Has reduced to its last drop.

Gradually, you will learn acquaintance
With the invisible form of your departed;
And when the work of grief is done,
The wound of loss will heal
And you will have learned
To wean your eyes
From that gap in the air
And be able to enter the hearth
In your soul where your loved one
Has awaited your return
All the time.

John O’Donohue

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Anita Bowden says:

    This is such a good description of the experience of grieving, Amira! ❤️

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    1. Thank you dear Anita! Yes, we do go through all those stages and waves of emotions at the most unexpected times…It’s a slow process of healing,..

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  2. What a way to put it and it sounds “healthy” if one can put it that way; when one grieves to this point and then comes back little by little to life again. This is very well stated and comforting….I suppose, as much as it can be…..thanks for sharing that repose.

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    1. Thank you dear friend. Yes, it comes a time in our lives, in which we all go through the difficult experiences of the loss of our loved ones…one of the most difficult challenges to face but is comforting to know that we can find solace and peace once again at some point…


  3. LindaP says:

    Truthful description of the grief journey!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you Linda! Yes, one of the most difficult journeys to go through…


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