Shawn L. Bird

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poem- waiting March 8, 2019

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 11:24 am
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She hasn’t published the obituary, because

what will she say when they approach her

at the mall with their condolences that will

break her into dripping pieces?  But if she doesn’t

will they ask how her mother is? Will she have

to break the news and shatter them with awkwardness

instead, then answer questions about why, when it was weeks ago?

Is she keeping death a secret,

to ponder in her heart?  Many things are mysteries.

Grief makes some a blanket to hide in.

It makes others a sea to sail on.

She hides at home, and lives the obituary

in silent, private grief.

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4 Responses to “poem- waiting”

  1. cmd1122 Says:

    My sincere condolences. I understand your dilemma, but whatever you decide, however you decide to do it will work out just fine. Greetings from the coast.

  2. Just come from the funeral of a young dad, husband of a friend, your words touched me…


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