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Another reflection on grief

9 November 2010

For grief: (adapted by G Crowe from John O Donohue’s  Book of Blessings)

When you lose someone you love,
Your life becomes strange,
The ground beneath you is fragile,
Your eyes are unsure
Your voice has no confidence.

Your heart grows heavy with loss;
And though this loss has wounded others too,
No one knows what has been taken from you
When the silence of absence deepens.

Flickers of regret of things left undone,
Unsaid.

A moment of happiness may arise,
A fleeting touch of the fullness of life
Until the moment breaks
And you are thrown back
into the valley of the shadow of loss.

Sometimes my heart, it functions well
Until, with no warning,
I am ambushed by grief.
Gradually I will learn acquaintance,
With the invisible form of my beloved,

And when the work of grief is done,
The wound of loss will heal,
Life will have its breath
The air won’t be a space
I will enter the hearth
in my soul where my loved one
awaits my return
All the time.

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