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Tan Pratonix

(Triolet, Mauritius)

Grief


Rare are the moments of grief
And unlikely to heal.

There was a time I spoke unfeelingly
Of grief. I said,
'What is grief compared to bodily pain? '

Now I know there are moments
When the mind is riven,
When the burning bottomless pit
Is all hell

And there is no heaven.

Submitted: Friday, February 03, 2006

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  • Carole Hopkins (2/27/2007 10:32:00 AM)

    With the joy of love in all its guises comes grief! ! It comes in waves-tlike the ebb and flow of the tide.It subsides only to reemerge in future times of sorrow.
    Your poem hits the mark-something must have shaken you to the core. (Report) Reply

  • Lesa K (7/5/2006 11:11:00 PM)

    Great job! What is physical pain as compared to mental anguish? they do not compare.... you have described that so well. (Report) Reply

  • Con Nie (3/31/2006 12:37:00 AM)

    Tan, Very well said of intense grief. I have felt that way at times, especially when someone died unexpectedly. Those times were when any spirituality I had went out the window, temporarily, while I tried to understand my loss. I hope you continue to write. Sincerely, Connie Webb (Report) Reply

  • Philippa Lane (2/8/2006 3:17:00 AM)

    Wonderful poetic writing. Like the use of the word, 'riven'. I feel you write truly from the heart and your sensitivity is obvious to the reader. (Report) Reply

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