I wrote this poem back in 2016.
These words have been in my mind again the past couple of weeks, following the death of my father and the passing of one of my closest friends on the day of his funeral. Losing them both within five days of each other was more painful than I can describe.
Can’t stop them,
Can’t hide them.
Can’t bring you
Why am I always the one who is feeling
The pain of the wrenching and tearing of leaving?
Why must this pain be so raw deep inside of me?
That you won’t
I can’t imagine my life without you in it,
Bereft of the light and the joy of your loveliness,
Every room filled with the echoes of memories.
To be the
©2016 Joanne Van Leerdam
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This poem is included in my collection titled ‘Leaf’.