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A River Of Mercy, A Bond Of Grief

Updated on February 9, 2012
River of Mercy by David F Coppedge Breaking dawn at Yosemite
River of Mercy by David F Coppedge Breaking dawn at Yosemite | Source

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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      Open 3 years ago

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      Sarah 5 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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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      Jackie, Thanks for the kind comment.

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

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

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

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

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      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 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

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

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      This really is beautiful...and deep.

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      Bill Holland 5 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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      Sky9106 5 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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      Donna Cosmato 5 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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      Movie Master 5 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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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

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

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

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

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      anndavis25 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      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 5 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

      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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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

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

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 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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      Dave Mathews 5 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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      Sunnie Day 5 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