Meaning of Loss

Written for:  Poetics Aside PAD November 2020 Challenge - Day 15

"For today’s prompt, take the phrase "Meaning of (blank)," replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles could include: "Meaning of Life," "Meaning of Love," "Meaning of This," and/or even "Meaning of Socks Constantly Losing Their Pairs."

Stomach is the first body part
to react when hearing bad news.
Someone you love departs
this world, leaving a shadowed blue.
Tears at your heart
Rips you in two

Realization dawns with a start,
you cannot deny it is true.
Now your tears begin to fall 
for a person filled with life, her death appalls.
Tears at your heart
Rips you in two

Seems impossible that she will not enthrall
you with her foibles or weird phone calls.
I read a poem to those gathered
to celebrate a life that mattered.
Tears at your heart
Rips you in two

Many rise to toast her sense of humor
though her life was ever fractured.
She was a person set apart,
caring through and through.
Tears at your heart
Rips you in two

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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6 Responses to Meaning of Loss

  1. Kathleen says:

    So moving, so sad. Do you want to talk??


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