A Haiku - Widows

Once we were two....

smiling, happy then.
smiling, happy then. | Source

A Haiku - Widows

Sati at life's "end"

used to be the way for them.

Now life goes on some.


And what of the males?

Life simply moved on, and on.

Double standards then.


Women have progressed.

Inheritance is allowed;

despair diminished.


But what of the love?

Love departed? Love remains?

Once, and once again?


And the widower?

The children, oh the children;

Love's loss multiplied.


Not a walk-away.

Just gone now; the void unfilled.

At least not that loss.


Good love lingers still.

Memories that last for years,

Springs for swollen tears.


"What now?" the question.

Stumbling on to tomorrow.

Eyes clearing somehow.


Glimpse what lies ahead.

There are others to live for:

Children, parents, me.


He's watching. I know.

Strength give me, to work for two.

Others love me still.


I thought I lived for one....

now I live for these others, the fruit of our tree.
now I live for these others, the fruit of our tree. | Source

The widows' might (yes, strength):

Widows with children, or without, young or elderly, what do you know about their struggles, hopes, and dreams? Do you know a few? Are they part of your life?

Are you one yourself?

One life ended, not two or more. Life just changed.

Life always changes. That's how we know we are alive.

Alive for what? Alive to answer that very question.

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© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Widow or widower, sudden changes at the heart of life are not easy to cope with. The miracle? Most grind on successfully.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

If one becomes a widow or widower I think it is much easier to go on when you have a big family behind you. When my dad died my mom decided two things one was never to marry again and two to hold on to me with smothering love. If I had had at least one or two siblings she would have their lives to think about too and if they were older and married that would have been better. For me it would have also been better if she had found a wonderful man to share the rest of her life with instead I bore the burden alone and at times there was sorrow for her and for her sorrow for me because I didn't bend to her will.


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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

"Tis true, keep on keeping on. There will be plenty to fill the hours.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Indeed it gives every appearance that that is how life is intended to be. We do well by keeping on living life to its fullest in keeping with "The past is history. The future is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called 'The Present.'"

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