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That One Brief Moment

Updated on February 1, 2015
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Silva has a background as a technical writer and in addition to how-to articles she writes about cooking, travel, and personal experiences.

"TIME does not heal anything; it just teaches us how to live with the pain." unknown

candle mosaic by Silva
candle mosaic by Silva
a weeping angel
a weeping angel

There is one brief moment
First thing in the morning

When you wake
And the world is yours.

You reach for the sky
And then you remember.

The one you love is gone.

There are details of life
to attend to - shower, shampoo
and brush teeth.

Decide what to wear. Does it match?
Replenish with coffee, tea or juice.
Find your car keys. Go to work.

The sun is a pitiless glare.
Featureless faces on the freeway.
The air burns your skin.

You sit at your desk.
Dial the number.
Listen to the recorded voice.

Friends say, "Change the recording."
No, not yet.
Not yet.

Remember the joy.

You close your eyes.
Remember the illusive fragrance.
The sweep of lowered eyelashes.

The heat.

You pick up a stack of papers.
That one brief moment is forgotten.
Until tomorrow morning.

That one brief moment
Is all that keeps you sane.
That one brief moment in time.

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"TIME does not heal anything; it just teaches us how to live with the pain." unknown

“The reality is that you will grieve forever. You will not ‘get over’ the loss of a loved one; you will learn to live with it. You will heal and you will rebuild yourself around the loss you have suffered. You will be whole again, but you will never be the same. Nor should you be the same, nor would you want to.”

- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross and John Kessler

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      Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Thank you for your kind and sensitive comment, Shyron E Shenko.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago from Texas

      Touching, and beautiful, but it makes me sad, knowing someone lost someone they had.

      Voted up, AB and shared.

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      Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Lovely sentiments, Jo Goldsmith11, thanks so much for your visit.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      So very beautiful and moving. Shared, tweeted and voted up.

      The place from which this comes is a place where I hope finds joy. blessings. :-)

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      Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words, The Stages Of ME.

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      so sorry for the typos "In" "there" rough day here :)

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      This is beautiful and so honest. in pain or loss there is an almost stale feeling, like you know the bread is past due and molding but who cares it's still there. Even if you can't eat the bread keeping it allows you to still have it. Just hold still though, as in the stale moment of holding onto the bread remember your heart is full with everything you need. It was filled in every moment and happening before the loss. Know one can ever take something that is there in your heart. God Bless and thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts here in this hub

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      Silva Hayes 3 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      I treasure your kind words. I have not endured pain such as yours, vocalcoach. I have lost loved ones who I miss terribly.

      Thank you for your encouraging thoughts, manatitaa44. The passage of time does help.

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Awesome Poetry, Silva Hayes.

      Out of a memorable, profound , yet painful memories comes such gifted lines!

      Start here. This is inspirational and will help others.

      "TIME does not heal anything."

      My take is that time always heal. The rain falls and then the sun shines again, there is the darkness but it is always followed by Light. I suspect you know this.

      Frankly it is not time that heals, but the Light of Heaven or God's compassion manifesting itself in and through the psychic being of a receptive Soul. You are unique, immortal and full of inner beauty. Remember this. One day in Time, you will realise your true potential and flow with Love-Delight.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I could have used this remarkable, lovely poem when my adult son passed away. You've said it all. So beautiful and touching. Your photo gave me chills. A million thanks to you dear one.

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      Silva Hayes 5 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Thank you for your visit and your kind words, Mr. Moore.

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      Enjoying those brief moments in time as my mind wanders while my Muse beckons from the shadows of my room. I take Quill in hand and scribe remembering a pittance in time. Lovely words and thoughts my friend, well done.

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      Silva Hayes 5 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Thank you for your kind words, bizzymom. Love your reaction.

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      bizzymom 5 years ago from New York

      This is so beautiful...it gave me the goose bumps and brought tears to my eyes. Thank you for sharing this lovely poem.

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      Silva Hayes 5 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Prasetlo30, so nice of you. Thanks so much for your kind words.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love this poem. It's so beautiful. Thanks for writing and share with us. Rated up!

      Prasetio

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      Silva Hayes 6 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Beautiful words you left here, emichael. Thank you so much.

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      emichael 6 years ago from New Orleans

      Tenuous twine of sanity.

      Fleeting, fluttering sense of solidity.

      Grease between the grinding cogs

      And mechanical time.

      Life is beautiful

      In the moments between.

      Time is one of my favorite things to write about, especially as a character. You composed a wonderful poem here, and it really got me thinking...

      Voted up and away. Beautiful artwork, as well.

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      Silva Hayes 6 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Oh thank you, Nell Rose, always lovely for you to stop by. And thanks for the comment on the mosaic candle; it's one of my favorite things I've done.

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      Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

      Hi, lovely poem, so true, and I am sure we all have those small moments when we are either sad or happy with a memory, loved it! and what a fantastic mosaic that you made with the candle! really lovely!

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      Silva Hayes 6 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Thank for stopping by, Bob. Yes, you are so right, we go through many doors and finally we get too old to care, haha. There's one reason to welcome old age!

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Lovely Silvia...luckily, the closing of one door opens another and another until you're too old to care...Bob

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      Silva Hayes 6 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      Yes, Mr. Packer, thank you for visiting and commenting. Those brief moments are priceless suspensions from our troubles.

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      Alastar Packer 6 years ago from North Carolina

      A day in the life with your Brief Moment in Time. Nice style here Silva. Thank goodness for those brief moments.