Vinal Piers

The Patriarch - Poem by Vinal Piers

Today my life changed drastically our Patriarch has died
It's up to me to carry on my family's faith and pride

I'm thankful for the time we had to say our last goodbyes
To share our love and just hold hands and gaze into your eyes

All my life you have been there, how quickly things have changed
I'm emotionally exhausted my priorities rearranged

How does someone prepare himself to live through this ordeal
I've never had to walk this path what should I think or feel

The radio and children play right now the news is on
It's like the world is unaware our Patriarch is gone

Sometimes at night when others sleep I'll lie awake in bed
And reminisce of times we had and little things you said

The people that I meet today may not know how I grieve
Unless they too have walked death through their hearts could not conceive

At times I want to be alone at other times cry or shout
Or just reflect on things you said with you I'm now without

I'm told by those who've gone through this that time will heal my wound
I hope and pray this to be so right now it's just too soon

To lose someone that's close to you the pain down deep inside
Until you know of this firsthand in words I can't describe

Till death has touched your life my friend you'll not have much to say
These words I write I know first hand for me that days today

I do believe I'll heal from this great loss I feel inside
My only peace for now at least in heaven you now reside

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

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