Grief Poem

One of the biggest things I’m learning about grief is how it demands different things from you every day. Some days, you’re able to get a lot done. You’re able to smile and be fully present with people. Everything feels fully balanced and manageable...steady. But other days, even normal daily tasks feel impossible to balance. And despite your best efforts, you can’t do it all. You try and build your schedule to match the day before, but it wobbles and leans and comes crashing down at your feet.

Grief will demand different things of you every day. Some days will be harder than others, but please don’t be harder on yourself because of it. The harder days need the most kindness, the most support, the most gentleness. The harder days need the most grace. If today is a harder day, I’m praying with you. I’m hurting with you. I’m holding on to hope with you.

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This poem reads the mind of a person affected by grief. "But right now/You can't" has the logic. It depicts the hope that there will be a time with "can."

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Trying To Balance Grief

© more by Liz Newman

Published: May 25, 2021

Grief stacks
Itself up
Up
Up
As you try and balance
Your daily tasks
Your emotions
Your pain
The tower
Wobbles
As you try
To do everything
You normally do
Everything you
Normally can
But right now
You can’t
And it comes
All
The way
Down

ABOUT THE POET:

Liz Newman is a poet and a blogger who writes primarily on faith, love, and relationships. She seeks to send a message of hope and encouragement to her readers. She knows the power of connection goes a long way and that words are a common thread that brings us together. She loves a good story and enjoys spending time with her family and fur babies.

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  • Kumari Weerasooriya by Kumari Weerasooriya
  • 3 weeks ago

This poem reads the mind of a person affected by grief. "But right now/You can't" has the logic. It depicts the hope that there will be a time with "can."

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