Written for:  Poets and Storytellers United
Writers' Pantry #59:  Love and Loss  (posted by Magaly)

"If you have ever lost someone, you know just how true Dessen’s words are. Grief, like love, is forever—it dulls, it grows, it changes… but it never truly dies. Living, after loss, can be easier when we remember this."

Enthusiasm for holidays
wanes as we sigh,
teary-eyed at the thought
of empty seats
at the table.  Those
whose infectious 
laughter is a mere
echo in our heads.
Difficult to celebrate
at a table filled
with ghosts.


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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8 Responses to Missing

  1. Yes and no. I celebrate what has been (between my tears).


  2. The empty seats, the reminders of once was but will be again.


  3. Beverly Crawford says:

    Best to relate a happy or funny time with the departed, and celebrate their life. Not easy, but laughter is so healing. My sympathy.


  4. It is difficult, indeed… For as we celebrate their lives, we can’t put aside the fact that they are now dead.


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