The Angel of Grief

The Angel of Grief August 6, 2012

Like it or not, we are all asked to be in relationship with loss and grief. Over the years, I have discovered that grief doesn’t go away but teaches us how to discover our strength and resilience by staying with deep and inexplicable feelings over long periods of time. In truth, grief, once we move through its painful opening, reveals our more lasting connections to the Universe. This is a recent poem that tries to speak about what grief and loss have taught me.


Does the tree at that knot twenty

feet up feel its missing rib, the way

I feel you gone these long years? Loss

plays us like a violin, never free of its rub.

It simply lessens its intensity till only the

one closest to what was lost can hear it.

If you haven’t lost something or someone,

this will seem sad, even frightening. But

after a century of heart-time, I went to

the immortals who envy us our ability

to feel and forget. They looked at me

with their longing to be human. And

the saddest among them took my hand

and said, “I would give eternity to live with

what you’re given, and to feel what is

opened by what is taken away.”

A Question to Walk With: If loss and grief are doorways to what is eternal, describe a sense of loss or grief that is still with you and begin to tell the story of what these feelings have opened in you and how they have deepened your understanding of life.

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