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Sunday, August 18, 2013

4 Years and 5 Months: Grief IV

I wrote this poem after being in the hospital due to a recent medical issue.  One of the first things that happened in the emergency room was hooking me up to an IV (intravenous therapy).

Grief IV
by Sue Anderson

I am eternally hooked to an IV
     a grief IV - one 'specially made
for mothers like me
    whose child is gone
never to return.

No tousled hair to rub
     no warm body to wake
No "hey Mom, what's for dinner?"
     no parental exhortations.

Instead, an empty chair
     a vacant place in photos
A weekly visit to his park
     quiet and still; a peaceful resting place.

1 comment:

Maggie May said...

This is so touching, and beautifully written. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful son. Mental illness runs deeply in both sides of my family and I am all too familiar with it. I am saying a prayer for you...not a religious person myself, but love prayer.