Erika Wingo

Rookie - 52 Points (April 7,1977 / St. Paul, Minnesota)

The Moments After - Poem by Erika Wingo

In the moments after you had gone
It seemed as though time had
Gathered together
To stand beside me,
Perfectly still
Waiting expectantly for me
To cry or scream
To speak or just to breathe
My first breath alone
Without you
Loneliness poured itself empty into me
Filling all of the spaces
Sorrow had missed

In the moments after you had gone
The world suddenly felt strange
Colorless and cold
All that I once knew to be true
Became truths withheld and secrets untold
The noises of life whispered softly around me
Careful not to disturb the
Fragile awareness
That insists it is real
That I see but don't recognize
The things I touch, I can't feel
What once was is no more
Now each and every moment
Consists of the moments after
And not one moment before

Topic(s) of this poem: loss


Poet's Notes about The Poem

This poem is about the sorrow of loss.

Comments about The Moments After by Erika Wingo

  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (2/27/2014 3:57:00 AM)


    I have added this, your beautiful poems to my poem list so that I can be blessed by it from time to time. It is both creative and compelling! (Report) Reply

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  • Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (2/27/2014 3:47:00 AM)


    Swimming in the sea of sadness yet bursting with a beauty that is refreshing.
    Evidence of a significant loss. Was it written for you mother? If it were, then read my poem A fallen Tree which was also written when my mother died. Well done my friend!
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  • Khairul Ahsan (11/25/2013 8:41:00 AM)


    'The sorrow of loss' has been poignantly portrayed in this beautiful poem. I wonder how it could miss everybody's eyes, not a single comment is here.

    'My first breath alone
    Without you
    Lonliness poured itself empty into me
    Filling all of the spaces
    Sorrow had missed'....An outstanding expression of emptiness and sadness!

    'Now each and every moment
    Consists of the moments after
    And not one moment before '....A classic poetic thought!
    Well done,10/10.
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Poem Submitted: Sunday, September 2, 2012

Poem Edited: Sunday, September 21, 2014


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