A River Of Mercy, A Bond Of Grief

River of Mercy by David F Coppedge Breaking dawn at Yosemite
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A Bond of Grief

It was a quite and lovely street

I was new to the neighborhood

Cars in and out next door gathered with somber

I inquired.

Mary Jamerson had lost a child

Awkwardly, I paid respects

Knocking softly. Pale and dry eyed she invited me in.

Introduced me to other neighbors

Food was on the table, untouched

I said all the proper things, "I am sorry for your loss; is there anything I can do; I am right next door if you need anything."

She sat quietly at the kitchen table and offered coffee.

I was amazed at her strength and stoic composure.

The door bell rang. Someone called to Mary, "Gracie is here."

Mary's face exploded with emotion. She rose and walked quickly to the front door.

Someone whispered to me, "That's Grace Meadows, one of her good friends who also lost a child."

They embraced, and held each other. A river of mercy and grace ran between them

In a bond of grief.

I left quietly


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Sunnie Day 4 years ago

OH Ann what you have written is so true. We can only offer to be there for someone in grief but there is a common bond to someone who has gone through the same thing. They know what to say to eachother as it comes naturally. Thank you so much for sharing..If this is a true event I am sorry for your neighbors loss..such a horrible thing for any parent to go through.

God bless,

Sunnie


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Dave Mathews 4 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

anndavis: So long as we let others know that there is someone willing to be a friend and help this is all anyone can do. Thank you for sharing this story and God bless.


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

We do not understand someone's feeling until we go through the same ordeal.

sad but beautifully written.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Wonderful heart felt poem. Voted up, awesome and beautiful.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

80 percent truth. I did witness this, but I couldn't write some of it. Too painful. I just saw the awards for Hubpages....and you were voted the sweetest commenter. They got it right.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Thank you Dave for the visit. What would a person do without family and friends at such a time? My faith was a great sustainer in such times.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Vinaya, you are right. When someone understands your deepest hurt it comforts you. You are not alone.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Hello writer20, my loyal friend. Thank you for the comment.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Ann, I am blown away by your words, I can so relate to them.

Absolutely incredible writing and voted up.


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DonnaCosmato 4 years ago from USA

It's so hard to comfort someone in a situation like this, and I love how you expressed in poetry the range of all these complex emotions. Thanks for sharing!


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

I felt as if I was there . You captured this in such a way I can almost see you leaving , becoming overwhelmed.

I find that when this happens to people , close to you even neighbors , it can easily engulf you .

A manifestation of your human side.

Beautiful write and great share.

Bless.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Ann, your depth is remarkable. I loved this poem in the way it captured the empathy that is so natural to us as humans but is often not seen in daily living. In basketball vernacular, you got game young lady. I'll be back to sample more of your works soon.


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Jackie Lynnley 4 years ago from The Beautiful South

This really is beautiful...and deep.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Well! Nobody ever told me 'I got game'...so I'm smiling. Thank you.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Sky, a little late answering this...but I thank you very much for your encouraging words. And thank you for the bless. Ann Davis


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Donna, glad you stopped by. Thank you for your kind words.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Movie M. Thanks you my loyal commenter. Thanks also for the vote.


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl. Author

Jackie, Thanks for the kind comment.


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sarmack 4 years ago from Washington

Silence is Golden... so is knowing when to leave in peace and quiet. Your post will help others to know how to handle the grief of others. Very nice. God Bless.


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