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The Mourning After

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The Mourning After

Sunday night Apr. 8, 2001:
the night I slept in relative peace
foolishly, naively believing and
falsely assuming that all was well…

But then the morning after:
though not the worst morning after
still the numbing, paralyzing morning after
the morning his voice seemed far away
as if it were an eerie, drug induced dream
the morning he regretted to inform...

(For a precious few weeks
one hibernates, wrapped up safely
in that protective cocoon
of sweet denial and disbelief)

No, the worst morning after came:
after all had been said and done
after basking in the glow of sympathy 
after the admiration of my iron will
after all returned to daily routines
after I found myself alone again…

Oh no, the worst morning after:
was the morning I startled awake
to find that monster standing there
that monster who pointed at me
and told me the bitter, brutal truth
the awful and merciful truth of God
the truth that you are really gone
and are never, ever coming back…


* This poem placed in a few other contests but got an N/A in several others, including the contest 'Last night...This morning' on 12/7/2013 which it was specifically written for






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  1. Date: 4/18/2015 6:04:00 PM
    Tim, Congratulations on getting the placement your poem did not get the first time... LINDA

  1. Date: 4/15/2015 6:30:00 PM
    This is intense, tim. How many times did you enter it in contests here. It was bound to finally win because it is truly a great poem!

  1. Date: 4/15/2015 4:57:00 AM
    dropping back with my congrats Tim - a simply heartbreaking write:-) Hugs Jan xx

  1. Date: 3/2/2015 3:28:00 PM
    such a heartbreaking write Tim - congrats on your win:-) Hugs Jan xx

  1. Date: 3/2/2015 12:04:00 AM
    Quite an emotive write Tim! Congrats on big win!

  1. Date: 3/1/2015 10:53:00 PM
    This one made me tear up a bit, very emotional..Well done and congrats. BG

  1. Date: 3/1/2015 7:55:00 PM
    Tim, CONGRATS on your win. ThanXs for supporting my contest ~ SKAT ~

  1. Date: 6/17/2014 10:57:00 AM
    Such an echoing piece that touched me greatly. Congrats on the win! I can see why it's your favorite... A haunting piece...

  1. Date: 6/15/2014 8:48:00 PM
    Tim, your poem rocked me, so heavy and deep. This is a top win tied to tons of pain!

  1. Date: 6/15/2014 6:52:00 PM
    Yes it does take a while to truly comprehend the forever of it. a great poem. Love, joyce

  1. Date: 6/15/2014 2:13:00 AM
    Thanks for sharing your favorite poem, congrats on the well deserved win, Tim

  1. Date: 6/15/2014 12:10:00 AM
    nice win Tim. Love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 6/14/2014 10:54:00 PM
    TIM. Congratulations with your own "Favorite Poem, entered in Carol's XOOL contest... Yeah, we all Win... What a sweet Deal... XOX~ LINDA

  1. Date: 4/14/2014 7:36:00 PM
    Tim, these words carry such a weight of grief that I understand so well. I still have days when I feel this...just want someone to say his name without prompting. You expressed the intensity so well.

    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson
    Date: 4/14/2014 8:25:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    No words can express my appreciation for your comment my dear friend and of course, I know you indentify...
  1. Date: 2/26/2014 6:31:00 AM
    such a heart wrenching poem, I'm so sorry for your loss - your son, I presume? I know I said before that I was stunned it didn't get onto the winners' list back then, but it has done now, and rightly so...this would've made a wonderful entry for my 'love and loss' contest, tim, why on earth didn't you enter it?

    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson
    Date: 2/26/2014 7:49:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks my friend..I must have missed that contest
  1. Date: 2/26/2014 12:10:00 AM
    having lost a son also, I know the feeling. The ups ad downs. It does get better. Congratulations on your win. Joyce

  1. Date: 2/25/2014 10:05:00 PM
    As a veteran who could have been he...with a wife that could have been she... I am moved beyond words. Thank you for sharing with us. Bless his memory. Christopher

    Britt Avatar Christopher Thor Britt
    Date: 2/25/2014 10:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    My comments came from my point of view that the author's voice was that of a wife left behind. But, I see after reading again that it could be anyone really who lost someone close to them.
  1. Date: 2/25/2014 7:46:00 PM
    I wish for you to make sweet memories cher .. please? Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

    Ryerson Avatar Tim Ryerson
    Date: 2/25/2014 9:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thanks cher...I am to the point where most of the memories are sweet now and I know that eventually they all will be...
  1. Date: 2/25/2014 4:49:00 AM
    Congrats on the fine win. enjoyed the fine metrical composition,tim

  1. Date: 2/25/2014 4:16:00 AM
    Tim, , congratulations on your wonderful win - SKAT

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