Mary Havran

Rookie (1950 / Ohio)

Small Mourning Pieces - Poem by Mary Havran

No time to prepare
Shoved over cliff by sorrows
Float down now, gently

Grief comes as strong waves
Tide that never seems to ebb
Let it wash your soul

Nasty Opponent
Grief punches all breath away
Never a fair fight

No time for Heroes
Pain strips away a brave face
Wear no mask for now

Heavy stones of grief
Lighten them with memories
Friendships ease the load

Recipe for grief
Fold laughter into sorrow
Make a grief soufflé

Someone, unseen, cares
Patting shoulder from afar
Dwell in gentle thoughts

Some point you forward
Others put words in your mouth
Follow your own voice

Walking in grief's field
Plant dark flowers in the ground
Teardrops are the rains

Morning light is harsh
Wander away from sadness
Dreams infuse the night

Comments about Small Mourning Pieces by Mary Havran

  • Jenna Thomas (11/13/2009 10:23:00 PM)

    I couldn't put a title to all my feelings....until I read your poem. Thank you for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • (3/29/2008 12:29:00 AM)

    So gentle it is very comforting. (Report) Reply

  • (3/10/2008 6:18:00 AM)

    Another great poem, Mary you have a way with expression! Good WRITE! (Report) Reply

  • (2/4/2008 4:53:00 PM)

    As one who is grieving a recent loss I find great comfort in this poem. Most of all I find these words marvelous to contemplate:

    Someone, unseen, cares
    Patting shoulder from afar
    Dwell in gentle thoughts

    Thank you
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  • (1/24/2008 11:20:00 PM)

    You have a unique style of writing and come up with such novel thoughts..

    Recipe for grief..Fold laughter into sorrow.. Make a grief souffle........ Thanks..
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  • (1/21/2008 1:59:00 PM)

    A poem to return to when grief comes again. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • (1/19/2008 4:39:00 PM)

    Mots pour laver la peine de votre coeur, merci (Report) Reply

  • (1/15/2008 3:37:00 PM)

    Very fine, laced with bittersweet poignancy (Report) Reply

  • (1/1/2008 10:19:00 AM)

    my initial impression...Wow!

    as one who has dabbled in threading haiku I can appreciate the effort necessary to craft such a compelling piece. I am in awe of the result.

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  • (12/3/2007 4:24:00 PM)

    Soft floating voyage through some of the elements of grief. (Report) Reply

  • (11/10/2007 11:07:00 PM)

    Nicely done. I am impressed. (Report) Reply

  • (11/1/2007 1:54:00 PM)

    This words has power. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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