ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Of Mourning Tides: A Poem on the Nature of Grief

Updated on January 11, 2017
Source
Source
Source
Source

Mourning tides rush in,

churning the white foam of grief.

Following, it is suctioned back

into the body of the sea

where it diminishes

into tolerable swells.

Lambasted back to shore

as a tsunami,

it crushes me against

jagged rocks-

gouging, gashing, shredding, bleeding.

I am drowning, bereft,

seized with despair.

My world goes dark;

I am ready

for forgetfulness.

A siphon of great force

Inhales me back into

the sea and light.

I am afloat

on a debris-laden ocean,

numb but alive.

I inhale the saline air,

strengthening for the next

surge of sorrow.

Adrift on the gentle current

of normalcy,

on my back,

eyes and toes pointed

toward soaring gulls

that keen and cry,

we anguish in concert.

The ebb and flow of grief

is without cadence,

unpredictable in volume and power;

one day a riptide;

another a whirlpool;

yet another, serene glass,

golden in the sunrise.

Sometimes it resides

in small tide pools

teeming with tender memories,

fusing sorrow and new mercies

to sustain me.

© 2016 Lori Colbo. All rights reserved.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Hi Bill, that is indeed a great promise. Sometimes the night is actually a season, but God always keeps His promises.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love this poem. It's beautifully crafted and is filled with very effective imagery. What a wonderful way to describe the nature of grief.

    • lifegate profile image

      William Kovacic 

      2 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Beautifully done, Friend. More importantly, your heart shows through. Just thought of this verse. '. . . weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." (Psalm 30:5)

    • lambservant profile imageAUTHOR

      Lori Colbo 

      2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Swailia, I am glad the imagery spoke to you and thank you for stopping by to read.

      Billy and Dora, I always appreciate your affirmations. God bless.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Lori, this is excellent poetry. Beautiful, effective phrases throughout and the conclusion is an overcomer's perspective. Well done!

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      "fusing sorrow and new mercies to sustain me"....that one line is the perfect ending to a beautiful poem...well-written, my friend.

    • swalia profile image

      Shaloo Walia 

      2 years ago from India

      Beautiful use of imagery in describing grief!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)