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! A Grief Ago - Poem by Michael Shepherd

'There is no grief
which time does not lessen
or soften' -
so said Cicero, a man so often right;
a Stoic, those for whom
all life presents a lesson
to be learned from,
and then, to move on from..

But I wonder about all this:
is grief ever lessened or softened?
Is it not, perhaps, overlaid
in our so various ways?

For some, grief framed and falsified
to ease that grief;

For some, like hyacinths and crocus bulbs,
left in a dark cupboard in the autumn of our grief
to respond to time, and
become at last
themselves?


gently, gently, the covers pulled
over the loving bed,
the true, the pure, the lovely painful grief,
the memory deep cherished,
gently, gently, folded
into the cupboards of the heart

there to be known, without the door disturbed
until the time - 'a grief ago' as Dylan wrote -
the cupboard opened only for love's sake
without grief...:
those carefully folded memories
brought out and loved
and lived a while...

not grief, not grief...but
the pure memory of grief

and behold,
life.


Comments about ! A Grief Ago by Michael Shepherd

  • Rookie - 81 Points Virginia Helena Guarddon (2/12/2015 12:15:00 PM)

    I can relate, very nice :) (Report) Reply

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  • Freshman - 971 Points Adeline Foster (1/10/2014 3:04:00 PM)

    Ah! A grief and then despair. Or need it be? Such questions. Such answers I, too, explore in – Eternal Grief -
    Adeline (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 2 Points Okoye Charles Chukwudi (2/22/2012 2:44:00 AM)

    Very nice mr micheal....a grief ago...kudos, u r very good...

    Please i will luv for you to read a few of my poems...esp do not despair at the death of the light....
    And leave a comment/criticism too i will appreciate it...thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

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Poems About Grief

  1. 1. ! A Grief Ago , Michael Shepherd
  2. 2. On Another's Sorrow , William Blake
  3. 3. They Were Welcome To Their Belief , Robert Frost
  4. 4. Hyperion , John Keats
  5. 5. Endymion: Book Iv , John Keats
  6. 6. The Triple Fool , John Donne
  7. 7. Happiness , Stevie Smith
  8. 8. Guinevere , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  9. 9. The Apple Tree , Dorothy Parker
  10. 10. A Drop Of Happiness , Aftab Alam
  11. 11. Good Friday , George Herbert
  12. 12. The Sacrifice , George Herbert
  13. 13. Sohrab And Rustum , Matthew Arnold
  14. 14. Rosalind And Helen: A Modern Eclogue , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  15. 15. Sonnet 35 - If I Leave All For Thee, Wil.. , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  16. 16. Metamorphoses: Book The Eleventh , Ovid
  17. 17. It Is The Sinners' Dust-Tongued Bell , Dylan Thomas
  18. 18. True Confession , George Barker
  19. 19. Grief Thief Of Time , Dylan Thomas
  20. 20. Metamorphoses: Book The Sixth , Ovid
  21. 21. Hope In Heaven's Day , Arlene Dery
  22. 22. A New Madrigal To An Old Melody , Alfred Noyes
  23. 23. Introspection , Kathleen Jessie Raine
  24. 24. Metamorphoses: Book The Thirteenth , Ovid
  25. 25. To J. S. , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  26. 26. Sonnet Xxxv: If I Leave All For Thee , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  27. 27. Lara , George Gordon Byron
  28. 28. Metamorphoses: Book The Tenth , Ovid
  29. 29. Gertrude Of Wyoming , Thomas Campbell
  30. 30. Metamorphoses: Book The Ninth , Ovid
  31. 31. This Was Not Our Destiny , Mirza Ghalib
  32. 32. The Corsair , George Gordon Byron
  33. 33. The Iliad: Book 24 , Homer
  34. 34. To The Honourable T. H. Esq; On The Deat.. , Phillis Wheatley
  35. 35. .grief Is , Adeline Foster
  36. 36. A Love Secret , Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
  37. 37. Sorrow , Li Ching Chao
  38. 38. Dark Trinity , Robert William Service
  39. 39. Sonnet 07 , Henry Timrod
  40. 40. Ode To The Salty Tear , S.zaynub Kamoonpuri
  41. 41. Grief , Stephanie J. DeMartino
  42. 42. The Sunderland Calamity , William Topaz McGonagall
  43. 43. Of Hell And The Estate Of Those Who Perish , John Bunyan
  44. 44. Epochs , Emma Lazarus
  45. 45. After The Play , Robert Graves
  46. 46. Sonnet Xxxv , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  47. 47. Obiit Mdcccxxxiii (Entire) , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  48. 48. Two Mothers , Colin Ian Jeffery
  49. 49. Fulfilment , Robert Nichols
  50. 50. Orpheus , Emma Lazarus
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