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All I Can Offer Is

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All I Can Offer Is

All I Can Offer Is

to feel the beat
of her faltering heart;
to hear her fits of grief;
to heed her voice of sorrow;
to rail with her at life’s thief;

to hold
her candle
in its flutter;
to sit with her;
not one word utter.


©Kathryn McLoughlin Collins
December 12, 2012

dedicated to Holly.

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  1. Date: 4/3/2013 10:11:00 AM
    oh this is good xx

  1. Date: 1/22/2013 10:32:00 AM
    Last two lines show perfect wisdom. Great write, Kathy. Love, Dave

  1. Date: 1/7/2013 9:22:00 AM
    I had to come back to post again about this poem. Feeling the fluttering candle a bit hard today myself. I love this poem Hallelujah indeed

  1. Date: 1/3/2013 6:07:00 PM
    My yoga teachewr sent this out Kathy/Kripalu has gratiously offered all Sandy Hook/Newtown families affected by the shooting a complimentary stay if they need a healing, nurturing space. If you or someone you know could benefit from this, please have them contact me directly and I will provide the information to make it happen. Let me know if you want to go. Call me as I said if you wish comapny. Light & Love

  1. Date: 1/3/2013 6:03:00 AM
    The knowledge of knowing someone who cares is there when things are overwhelming is so life giving. A beautiful testimony of this fact.

  1. Date: 12/30/2012 7:55:00 PM
    The best gift is knowing someone is there who can speak volumes of care for you without saying a single word Obviously I adore the write :)

  1. Date: 12/21/2012 3:06:00 PM
    and you fogot to mention the most precious of all, your wonderful amaing poetry...

  1. Date: 12/20/2012 12:43:00 PM
    What can one say at such a time? Gestures and a squeeze of a hand can speak volumes. Delicately rhymed with perfect word use. Love, Keith

  1. Date: 12/16/2012 9:58:00 AM
    Sometimes that is all that is needed - a friend just to be there. great poem. Thank you.

  1. Date: 12/14/2012 9:50:00 PM
    Beautiful poem. During a time of grief a warm silent loving companion is priceless.

  1. Date: 12/14/2012 11:26:00 AM
    Very sad and moving, Kathy... It's difficult (for me, anyway) to say anything else... love, Terry

  1. Date: 12/13/2012 10:23:00 PM
    so poignant. Very good one of yours!

  1. Date: 12/12/2012 3:09:00 PM
    this is very beautiful and heartfelt...

  1. Date: 12/12/2012 1:42:00 PM
    oh Kathryn! ....your angst is heartbreaking. And you're right, in situations like these words seem inadequate. I feel for Holly and for those who can only imagine what she's going through knowing not what to do. I do wish for the sun to shine forth again. Stay strong.

  1. Date: 12/12/2012 1:31:00 PM
    ..... to be a good friend. - Encouraging and comforting - Really well written Kathryn. - Wishing you a peaceful and lovely Christmas! (Welcome to my Christmas poem.) Christmas hug / / Anne-Lise :)