RoseAnn V. Shawiak

Gold Star - 144,832 Points (October 6,1950 / New Jersey)

Anger's Solemn Years - Poem by RoseAnn V. Shawiak

Solemn years, no talking or laughter, no get-togethers.
A deep silence filling the void of our once close relationship.
Too many years have passed, I don't know what to say - I miss
you, but pride stands in the way.
Wanting to set aside all the hurt and pain, but I don't know
Will we really never again speak to one another here on earth?
Will death be the only solution to end our silent, maddening
Death of one of us will solidify the void between us permanently.
Grandchildren will wonder all their lives what could've happened
to cause this huge break in their family.
Two loved ones depriving one another of their lives, also
depriving the little ones, teaching them never to forgive or
apologize when you get mad or have an argument.

Poet's Notes about The Poem

Someone I know hadn't talked to her son in 20 years and told me about it as she cried her heart out. It inspired me to write this poem for her and I gave her two copies of it. She sent a copy to her son and he called her, crying, saying he had read the poem and he was sorry. Now they talk every day and go to lunch regularly. They've forgiven one another and are closer than ever. (she is 89 years old) .

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Poem Submitted: Friday, February 1, 2013

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