Treasure Island

RoseAnn V. Shawiak

(October 6,1950 / New Jersey)

Life's Black Curtains


Lost and alone, thoughts at a distance, heart heavy
with sorrow.

Touched deeply by your life, not wanting to let go,
yet knowing I must.

In my heart forever, indelibly printed on my soul,
etched in memory's mind.

Touched frequently by the tears of your loss, trying
to hold them as tiny reminders of what we used to have.

They disappear, never become tangible so I may keep them
like a treasure of your love.

With love, I will remember you all my life, for you are
a part and parcel of what we had.

Sharing now that you are no longer here is difficult - I
hear only the constant echoes of your silence.

Walking away from our favorite places, I leave a little
of self behind each time - soon there will be nothing
left of me.

Wanting to reach out and grasp again what we once had
is an empty gesture, filled with pain and emptiness,
because you are not here to reach out to me.

Our relationship on earth will never be, it has been
severed by death's insistence in our lives.

Listening to you with my heart, seeing your reply in
the salted tears that continue to fall.

Your life was called and you answered fully, not leaving
anything behind.

Our story is not over as long as I still remember you with
love.

Taking down the black curtains, life is still being lived
on earth.

Submitted: Friday, April 25, 2014

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  • Akhtar Jawad (8/29/2014 7:01:00 AM)

    When a loved one departs and goes to a place of no return, his love and his memories remain and result in such beautifully wrote poems touching the hearts. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (8/3/2014 11:45:00 PM)

    There are moments in life when we have to surrender completely before the unquestionable fate! A life lived in joy in mutual companionship, when suddenly gets darkened with the departure of one to a land from where there is no return, life gets clouded and lonely! Yet..... the story is not over! There is hope, courage, joy and love in this realization!
    I can hear the silent sobbing of a bereaved soul here! Great write! A 10 (Report) Reply

  • Kirti Sharma (7/12/2014 9:30:00 AM)

    Your life was called and you answered fully, not
    leaving
    anything behind.

    amazing....! (Report) Reply

  • Yash Shinde (4/29/2014 10:12:00 PM)

    a lovely poem, with majestic effects...........
    I hope the black curtains drop soon, to let in sun's blaze in your sorrowful life.........
    Your poem is melancholic, yet powerful and influencing, I loved this one my friend! (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (4/27/2014 9:49:00 AM)

    Simply an amazing poem with it's class. Utter cry for the loved and the despiration to keep the memories alive is just commendable.... Definitely I save it as my favorite poem, thank you (Report) Reply

  • Susan Lacovara (4/25/2014 8:28:00 PM)

    I hope the drawn back curtains allow the sun light and promised a new day into what must be a very saddened place. Putting such deep sentiment into your write, filling it like a time capsule for the soul, a huge undertaking...but the results are stunning, sweet with melancholic majesty. Saved as a favorite...with sympathetic PEACE (Report) Reply

  • Colleen Courtney (4/25/2014 6:50:00 PM)

    What an amazing piece of poetry! So many lines that I simply adore. A must have added to my list of favorites. A truly brilliant write in my eyes! Thanks for writing and for sharing this incredible poem! (Report) Reply

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