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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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  • Gold Star - 4,838 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. 51. ! A Grief Ago , Michael Shepherd
  2. 52. On Another's Sorrow , William Blake
  3. 53. They Were Welcome To Their Belief , Robert Frost
  4. 54. Hyperion , John Keats
  5. 55. Happiness , Stevie Smith
  6. 56. Endymion: Book Iv , John Keats
  7. 57. The Apple Tree , Dorothy Parker
  8. 58. The Triple Fool , John Donne
  9. 59. Guinevere , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  10. 60. A Drop Of Happiness , Aftab Alam
  11. 61. Good Friday , George Herbert
  12. 62. Sohrab And Rustum , Matthew Arnold
  13. 63. Rosalind And Helen: A Modern Eclogue , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  14. 64. Introspection , Kathleen Jessie Raine
  15. 65. Fulfilment , Robert Nichols
  16. 66. Grief Thief Of Time , Dylan Thomas
  17. 67. The Sacrifice , George Herbert
  18. 68. Sonnet 35 - If I Leave All For Thee, Wil.. , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  19. 69. Metamorphoses: Book The Eleventh , Ovid
  20. 70. A New Madrigal To An Old Melody , Alfred Noyes
  21. 71. To J. S. , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  22. 72. True Confession , George Barker
  23. 73. The Corsair , George Gordon Byron
  24. 74. Metamorphoses: Book The Sixth , Ovid
  25. 75. Hope In Heaven's Day , Arlene Dery
  26. 76. Metamorphoses: Book The Thirteenth , Ovid
  27. 77. It Is The Sinners' Dust-Tongued Bell , Dylan Thomas
  28. 78. Sonnet Xxxv: If I Leave All For Thee , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  29. 79. Lara , George Gordon Byron
  30. 80. Metamorphoses: Book The Tenth , Ovid
  31. 81. Gertrude Of Wyoming , Thomas Campbell
  32. 82. Metamorphoses: Book The Ninth , Ovid
  33. 83. This Was Not Our Destiny , Mirza Ghalib
  34. 84. To The Honourable T. H. Esq; On The Deat.. , Phillis Wheatley
  35. 85. Sorrow , Li Ching Chao
  36. 86. The Iliad: Book 24 , Homer
  37. 87. Dark Trinity , Robert William Service
  38. 88. . Grief Is , Adeline Foster
  39. 89. A Love Secret , Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
  40. 90. Ode To The Salty Tear , S.zaynub Kamoonpuri
  41. 91. Sonnet 07 , Henry Timrod
  42. 92. Grief , Stephanie J. DeMartino
  43. 93. The Sunderland Calamity , William Topaz McGonagall
  44. 94. Of Hell And The Estate Of Those Who Perish , John Bunyan
  45. 95. Epochs , Emma Lazarus
  46. 96. The Course Of Love , Sant Surdas
  47. 97. After The Play , Robert Graves
  48. 98. Sonnet Xxxv , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  49. 99. Obiit Mdcccxxxiii (Entire) , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  50. 100. Two Mothers , Colin Ian Jeffery
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