Tag Archives: Poems About Loss

“A Woman Is Talking to Death” by Judy Grahn

A woman addresses death, and a whole lot more

“we are the fat of the land, and we all have our lists of casualties” Judy Grahn’s ambitious, arresting work, “A Woman Is Talking to Death” is her most celebrated poem, a piece about meaning and futility, callousness and tenderness, … Continue reading

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One Man Shares the Life Lessons He Learned From His Nine Year-Old Hospital Roommate with Cancer in One Remarkably Beautiful Poem

Canadian spoken word poet Shane Koyczan delivers an emotionally charged performance of his heartbreakingly beautiful poem, “The Crickets Have Arthritis”

At 2007’s Words Aloud Festival, Canadian spoken word poet Shane Koyczan performed a poem he wrote called “The Crickets Have Arthritis.” This beautiful poem shares the lessons he learned about illness, love, life and grief from his nine year-old roommate … Continue reading

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A Fine Line Between Acute and Complicated Grief

Andrea Hollander Budy’s “For Weeks After the Funeral” demonstrates how acute grief can easily turn into complicated grief the longer things are left unsaid or unacknowledged

When you lose someone beloved to you, the earth can feel like it shatters into a million shards of glass, while time and life also stands frozen. Grief crashes over you like choppy waves. One minute, you feel like your … Continue reading

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The Hour of Lead

Emily Dickinson perfectly captures the numbness we experience after the passing of a loved one

My post last week was about letting go of sorrows in order to be happy, and to fully appreciate the good experiences in life. While this is an important stage to come to, it’s certainly not what immediately follows a … Continue reading

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Parting Ways

Katherine Gallagher's poem shows that everything is about perspective

I chose this week’s poem because I loved its mixture of imagery and metaphor. Its title alone, “Cloud-Eye,” foreshadows this use of figurative language. And incidentally, foreshadowing is an important part of the poem as well. Katherine Gallagher uses each … Continue reading

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Finding Happiness

Christina Rossetti reminds us that grief need not be permanent

Photo Credit: myheartramblings Christina Rossetti’s “Remember” took me somewhat by surprise. The final message in the poem is that, in a sense, ignorance is bliss; Rossetti feels that not thinking about a loss and therefore not feeling the emotional pain … Continue reading

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