Sunday, April 21, 2013

Phyllis (reposted from 10/2012)



Phyllis
By
Lisa A.Williams


We don’t speak of it-
the loss silencing
our world.
How arrogant of the sun
to rise
when we were facing
 the black hole emptiness
 beyond,
not enough breathing space
for our own grieving.
Some pain can’t be shared,
sometimes we are islands
surrounded by restless current
fearing if we were to plunge
we’d breathe in each others tears
and drown.
It was good to love you,
but oh how the earth trembled
when we had to say goodbye.

29 comments:

  1. The ending lines are very sad and poignant ~ Some heartbreak can't be shared ~

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  2. This poem really made me FEEL. Yes indeed, sometimes we do have to bear things within our own heart.

    I think this is my favorite poem of yours that I have read so far.

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  3. So moving... I especially like:

    sometimes we are islands

    surrounded by restless current

    fearing if we were to plunge

    we’d breathe in each others tears

    and drown.

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  4. I remember this one and how I felt it epitomized grief so perfectly. I still think so. Wonderful, Lisa.

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  5. There are those moments when even the thought of getting close to, talking with or touching another, is more than too much to even consider. Beautifully penned, well executed.

    Elizabeth
    http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/2013/04/20/after-breaking/

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  6. I felt so sad when I read this goodbye. I hope is was only a childhood bff moving with family to a new neighborhood across town, rather than loss to devastating disease. At least then you have the prospect of reunion.

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    1. This poem is about my close friend/sister in law who passed away 18 yrs. ago unexpectedly. We all miss her very much. Thank you for your comment.

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  7. Lisa,

    A very nicely composed poem, which affords a very loving tribute through your words.

    (I especially connected because of the name Phyllis...the name of my dear auntie, who is thankfully still alive at the age of 87 years and lives alone. Visiting her next week in Northern Ireland:)

    Eileen
    Thank you for your comments at my poems Lisa:)

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    1. Than you, Eileen. I love reading your poems.

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  8. losses are terrible and yes, the world does seems unfeeling at times

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  9. This is painfully beautiful. Excellent.

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  10. this is one beautiful poem about loss. the type of poetry i wished i had written.

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  11. Beautifully written. The grief and pain is very well shown through your choices. Can't read it without feeling it.

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  12. Loss spoken with such beauty. Oh, the pain in goodbye.

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    1. Goodbyes are so painful. Thank you for your comment.

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  13. You truly have a poet's heart.

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