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Awful Weight of Agony

The phone just rang; the wrenching news has caught me unaware.
My heart is numb, my tongue is dumb; I stumble down the stair.
I cannot comprehend the words Sorrow just spoke to me;
will someone pause to share my awful weight of agony?

How can a heart bear all this ache and not explode with strain?
I lie awake, for love's sweet sake, reliving it again.
I take it in--the sights, the sounds--Grief's dreadful potpourri;
will someone pause to share my awful weight of agony?

So on it goes week after week, year after bitter year;
I drink the gall, I taste it all, Death's mad cocktail of fear.
A tombstone sentinels the wound the Reaper made in me;
will someone pause to share my awful weight of agony?

Only the ones who walk this way can ever understand...
Who have laid a child, to be defiled, beneath the mould and sand.
God sent His Son, His only one, a sacrifice for me;
and He will pause to share my awful weight of agony.

Copyright, 4-18-2014, Faye Gibson

Copyright © | Year Posted 2014




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Date: 6/9/2014 9:54:00 AM
Faye, Congratulations, on your win in Cyndi's "HELPLESS, KYRIELLE CONTEST." take care -LINDA-
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Date: 6/6/2014 8:28:00 PM
All of our worst fears our children dying before us. Congrad's on your win. Light & Love
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Date: 6/5/2014 2:50:00 PM
My heart is numb, my tongue is dumb; I stumble down the stair' and 'Only the ones who walk this way can ever understand'...Yes indeed my friend, that says it all. The internal rhyme in line 2 of each verse really was a wonderful touch too... Congratulations - Tim
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Faye Gibson
Date: 6/5/2014 2:52:00 PM
Thank you, Tim. What have you been up to, my friend?
Date: 6/5/2014 2:10:00 AM
Perfect Kyrielle with apt take on the theme, congrats on a fine win, Faye
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Date: 6/4/2014 10:30:00 PM
Extremely sad ,, an awesome write Faye,,u cud touch any heart wid ur emotional marvel ,, congrats on win !
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Date: 6/4/2014 3:01:00 PM
Congrats...deep sorrow is often the conduit for great poetry. A beautifully written piece. congrats. BG
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Date: 6/4/2014 1:41:00 PM
Faye, your kyrielle was the most soulful and heart-wrenching writes for this contest. Judging was extremely difficult. This is a good write and filled with a horror I have not had to face. It seems wrong to simply congratulate you on your win. I thank you for trusting us with your poem and sharing your sorrow. I am boldly suggesting that you print out this poem and leave it with an agency like "Bereaved Families" (here in Ontario) It would help other families who are suffering, as you are.
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Faye Gibson
Date: 6/4/2014 2:22:00 PM
Thank you, Cyndi, for your insightful words. I appreciate the placement in your contest, but more so, I am grateful for your perception and sensitivity. I will consider your suggestion. It is a good one. I do not want the pain to be wasted for I know God has a use and purpose for all things He permits in our lives.
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Cyndi MacMillan
Date: 6/4/2014 1:46:00 PM
http://www.bereavedfamilies.net/index.htm If you are American, does the U.S. have a similar agency? I know from personal experience that many cannot articulate what is in their hearts and that, often, when something speaks FOR them and TO them, it has the power to heal-- a way of expressing what they are unable to say. Please, consider this... Cyndi
Date: 4/20/2014 5:46:00 PM
I share your 'awful weight of agony' dear friend and you know that well...LOVE the mutiple syllable rhymes...Much love and sympathy sent your way - Tin
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Faye Gibson
Date: 4/20/2014 5:49:00 PM
I know you know all about it. Thank you, Tim