Friday, February 22, 2008

Life is so uncertain.

My niece Mary wrote today of the sudden death of her coworker, apparently healthy until this week - just twenty four. Mary, in the shocked early stage of grief asked me if I had poems about that kind of unexpected loss. I wrote these for her, and for everyone grieving Tish.

Can't be

ordinary day
shattered
can't be!
dead - you?
impossible
healthy
young
planning
beloved
dead?you
can't be.

Now what?

No reason
No sense
death out
of season
and we struggle
with howto mourn.
flowers
words
memorial
can't restore you
alive, at your desk
can help us honor
your life, create
legacy from
disruption.

2 comments:

Peggy said...

I do enjoy reading your blog Victoria. These are lovely poems for your niece. So very sad about her friend.

Dixi said...

How very sad about the death of Mary. I keep wondering what would cause the death of a 24-year-old. What a tragedy when someone dies so very young.