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Poem of Grief

Updated on February 13, 2013

Grief Quotes

There is little comfort found in empty words when someone we love dies. When we are forced to face our grief alone, we reflect on our sorrow, we look to find answers.

This famous quote was found on a headstone in Ireland, “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.”

At some point in our life, we will have to deal with grief. When grief finds us, it will change us. Who we are inside will be revealed during our season of grief.

This poem was written after the loss of my mother. It was one of the most difficult periods of my life. Let the words flow and see how the poem reveals what we all desire after we lose someone we love.

Poem of Grief

Confronting death

Loss or separation

Observing illusions

Without preparation

Left bewildered

Deep inside

With frightening delusions

The moment you died

Tears flow freely

In moments like these

Flowing over the heart

Like a gentle breeze

Quiet moments

Of reflective sorrow

Knowing this truth

Will be with me tomorrow

Brokenness, emptiness

And fear surrounds

Leaving an empty echo

Of vibrant living sounds

Fleeing the second

My heart just broke

Swallowing the ache

Over the pain I choked

A Grief Observed


Sitting Alone

Will You Leave a Legacy?


Whispers and tears

Of what has been lost

Searching for answers

Of what it all cost.


Saying goodbye

So many times

Pressing onward

Captivating my mind.



These days of grief

Are so very strong

Sometimes I feel like

I don’t even belong.



Familiar bursts of tears

Roll off my face

Showing no one

Falling from grace.



Remembering the past

Over what I held close

Loving the things

That matter the most.



Looking for purpose

And meaning in life

Away from the struggles,

Sorrow and strife.



Tell this memory

To my broken heart

When there’ll be a time

I won’t feel torn apart.



Nothing prepares you

For a moment like this

When all you want

Is to stop the abyss.



I cry out to God

Where are you now

Trying to move forward

Oh please tell me how.



To understand anguish

The pain that I sense

Breaking the truths

Of total pretense.



Grief consumes

Causing great distress

Leaving in its wake

An imperfect mess.



Unbelievably mistaken

It was only a dream

A mind-numbing illusion

As real at it seemed.



In the morning

When I did arise

I find you haven’t left,

To my great surprise.



Death did not

Take you away

You are alive in present

And with me today.




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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Thank you duffsmom. I appreciate the value you gave to this poem with your comments.

      That affirmation is very encouraging.

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      P. Thorpe Christiansen 6 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      When you read this poem straight through, it has a driving beat. The lack of punctuation keeps the reader moving and it has the effect of a beating rhythm, much like grief would be to the mourner--tapping, beating the grieving down with reality of loss, unrelenting and breathless. Excellent job and the dream factor at the end gave me this wonderful feeling of relief.

      Keep up the good work!!

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      FaithDream 6 years ago from (Midwest) USA

      Unleashed Victory, thank you for commenting. Yes an emotional roller coaster indeed... such as in life. Grief changes a person.

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      Unleashed Victory 6 years ago

      FaithDream, I've not had to go through this, but I imagine this is an emotional roller coaster. Your writing speaks volumes and the song is powerful. This was really good.