Treasure Island

Stephanie J. DeMartino

(04/29/1969 / Boston, Massachusetts)

Grief


We all grieve differently
Some grieve quietly
Solemn in their grief not wanting
To show their pain
While some are loud
Letting the pain out for all to see and then beginning
The long battle of healing
Some hold their grief in for so long
That eventually it eats at them
Causing them to misdirect it
In different ways unknowingly pointing
The pain of loss toward others not wanting of it or deserving
When instead they should be letting go and moving on

Grief is not a friend
For it makes one angry, sad, exhausted, and confused
Grief is an unwanted guest for it stays for a long, long, time
Seemingly never wanting to leave
Once in a while it will allow some peace but for only a brief time span
It would rather curl its black tentacles around and keep you in its grip forever

And then one day you realize you're starting to feel a little better
As the seasons change so do we
In time we shall heal
You start to get back into your routine and realize grief is finally
Packing up to end its long overstayed visit
For it was a long process this visit from grief
Each day gets a little better
Keep on moving
Stay busy
One day, Grief is finally gone
Until the next time it is required to visit again

Submitted: Saturday, January 05, 2008
Edited: Monday, March 21, 2011

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  • Stef Rivers (7/25/2008 12:34:00 PM)

    Excellent poem! It speaks volumes and describes the many different ways people experience grief. You are a very talented writer. I have also seen this poem on the world wide web when googled. It is out there from others who are spreading it out.
    Keep writing and sharing your poems for all to see. You should be published. (Report) Reply

  • Jeannie Ann Clark (1/5/2008 9:11:00 PM)

    Grief is as you describe, depending on the person. You are a good writer...I have one called 'Comfort for All'. The beginning make bring tears but the end will bring tears of joy! Keep writing.....and sharing with all..thank you. (Report) Reply

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