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Tissue Box

like visitors from outer space
they came with tears, and lined the sidewalk
long in face, and arms embracing
some (I have no inkling) who
they were or why they felt compelled to come here
dozens came with casseroles
a few with flowers, wads of tissues
tender words of helpless mutterings
many acts of generous offerings

don't get me wrong, I watched the suffering
expressed in words or acts of kindness
I watched it all, and felt the love
did not dismiss the warm compassion
returned it all, with pure compliance
a thankful heart, a swollen throat

I hugged these strangers at the door
to comfort them, who shed their tears
upon my shoulder, offered them
a place to share their sympathies
a place to spend their mercy, pure

                but, this was my child who suffered loss
                impossible........I can't express it

protected from the very start, by
loving hands, her dad's and mine, 
we watched her grow, and let her go
she grew from the vine ....into a rose
but life composed a tragedy with goals
beyond our reach...beyond our wildest dreams
and left her with a loss beyond control

like visitors from outer space we watch
as others come, and others go
they blow into their tissue wads
and empty the boxes one by one
and cry with us,  and then they all go home

do we cry........?  Oh no, not yet...
instead we smile a grateful smile
and thank them kindly for the while
and for the ways they share their love
but we can't cry into our own clenched wad
of tissue from the tissue box
she needs us to be strong, somehow
and so that is the way it is, we hold back all the tears for now

                for, this was my child who suffered loss
                impossible........I can't express it


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  1. Date: 12/27/2013 12:33:00 AM
    Hello Carrie, What a beautiful poem. Thank you for capturing the emotions of a difficult and lost time in a wonderful manner. Thank you sincerely for shining your bright light of faith, hope, and love. Thank you Carrie. You are an incredible inspiration. Thank you Carrie for all that you do. You are loved. God loves you. Everything will be alright. You are loved! Keep shining bright! May God bless you always! :) With love and blessings, Kevin C. Martin

  1. Date: 7/7/2013 10:27:00 AM
    A great poem of lost emotions.... ;-) CONGRATULATIONS!!! With your awesome winning write. Take Care * Linda

  1. Date: 7/4/2013 9:49:00 AM
    OH MY , sad indeed, Dear Carrie and a very well deserved win. Congratulations

  1. Date: 7/3/2013 6:48:00 AM
    Carrie, a stunning and compelling write. You are flawless in expressing the suffering , while keeping vigilant in the darkest hour. So many layers of feeling here... wow

  1. Date: 7/3/2013 5:35:00 AM
    If there is victory under circumstances such as these, You have surely claimed it. Condolences and Congratulations, dearest Carrie, You could well be the poster child for courage..... Jake

  1. Date: 7/3/2013 5:05:00 AM
    Wonderful to re-read, would you write of how she has fared since then? Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 7:52:00 PM
    I am so sorry for this loss, but you told the story so well. Love, Joyce.

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 7:17:00 AM
    Heart wrenching poem..Im so sorry. congrats on your poem being a big winner..sorry for the reason you wrote it. BG

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 6:10:00 AM
    Carrie I'm so sorry for you and your family's loss. I'll keep you and your family in my prayers. You have expressed your heartache excellently. Congratulations on your win. Hugs, Connie

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 2:04:00 AM
    Oh yes Carrie...I remember this heartbreaker and it is going directly to my favs...Please give your daughter my love and best wishes...I'm sure you will be seeing her this weekend...The last words of this gem say 'I can't express it'...Well, I think you have expressed it with true grace and elegance - Tim

  1. Date: 7/2/2013 1:22:00 AM
    this is one of the most touching poems i've read on this site (or anywhere else). you've expressed this heartache in an amazing way and i am so sorry for your loss. it so deserves a win in any contest...

  1. Date: 7/1/2013 9:39:00 PM
    Carrie, a great winning poem, in Nathan's (dark, lost, broken emotions) contest. :-) SKAT

  1. Date: 7/1/2013 9:19:00 PM
    thanks for the comment. congrats ' NATE

  1. Date: 4/22/2013 8:31:00 PM
    WOW! Carrie I am so so sorry for your loss. You have penned this painful scene so perfectly. This! is your way of "Expressing it" and also through tears that will and should come if they havent already as they are our release of the pain. cont...

    Colasurdo Avatar Bernard Colasurdo
    Date: 4/22/2013 8:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Congratulations on your well deserved win and thanks for stopping by my Grief poem and leave such warm words for me. Yes I have lost my beautiful wife and soulmate to Cancer at the age of 46, almost 11 months ago. She was my world as we have no kids. I wear my heart on my sleeve and on the page...Bless you on your journey Big Hugs
  1. Date: 4/20/2013 7:09:00 AM
    This is absolutely beautiful. I love the perspective and use of the tissue box as a focal point. Awesome poem. Congrats.

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 9:46:00 AM
    I see you got your medal! Shiny gold too. Nice going! Did you get out the tissue box when Craig broke the news?

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 5:44:00 AM
    I feel the pain and the love. Beautiful and congrats to you.

  1. Date: 4/19/2013 2:11:00 AM
    Congrats Carrie on your win. Bravo!~A.O

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 11:29:00 PM
    An expression of true love in holding it all together for the love of your child. Your honesty of the human spirit in comforting others holds such truth in the way it really is. Brava on your wonderful well deserved win! I am sorry for your family's loss. Blessings Carrie

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 7:28:00 PM
    Carrie, Congratulations in Craig's "Empty Tissue Box " contest;-) always~ PD