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How to Write a Poem about Grief

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Below is the poem entitled How to Write a Poem about Grief which was written by poet Tess Harvester. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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How to Write a Poem about Grief

Love and admire someone
Deeply,
Build a castle with him
Brick by brick,
Paint the walls with frescoes,
Draw dreams.

Hold him
When the illness comes,
Cook him chicken broth,
Kiss his sweaty forehead,
Suction his wounds,
Puff his pillows.

Drive him to the hospital,
Listen to the whirs in the room,
Check the lines on the monitors,
Introduce yourself to every nurse
Shift after shift,
Bargain with God.

Sign “Do not resuscitate,”
Watch his chest heave,
Leave the room 
When they pull out the tubes,
Come back,
Sense his heart beat

Stop.
Lay your head on his shoulder,
Memorize him,
Lie to the nurse
That you are ready
To say goodbye.

Brush your fingers across his cheek,
Press his bruised lips,
Twist your neck as you
Walk away,
Touch the cold doorjamb,
Write what you feel.

@Tess Harvester 2013

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  1. Date: 5/9/2013 9:44:00 PM
    Tess, your poem is very enjoyable, :-) Wishing you a nice warm welcome to Poetry Soup. Wishing you the best in your writings. I hope you find this community to be one of the best. May you find inspiration by reading some of the poetry written here by other poets, and myself? If you ever want or need feedback on any given poem, please look me up by clicking on my name anytime you're on line. I'm looking forward in becoming your #1 poetry soup fan. Please keep me posted every time you post a poem <3 LUV ~*~SKAT"

    Harvester Avatar Tess Harvester
    Date: 5/9/2013 10:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    You are so generous! Thank you.
  1. Date: 5/7/2013 3:50:00 PM
    Tess, you have touched more hearts than you could ever imagine. We can all hope to have someone this loving present as we pass on.... Brilliantly written.... Jake

    Harvester Avatar Tess Harvester
    Date: 5/7/2013 4:16:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much. Tess
  1. Date: 5/7/2013 3:46:00 AM
    So sorry for your loss. You have friends here. Soup Mail me if you want to chat.

    Harvester Avatar Tess Harvester
    Date: 5/9/2013 10:42:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you so much!