Tag Archives: loss

I Miss My Father

I miss my father. Not the last, lingering days when the ravages of Parkinson’s stripped his body of strength and dignity, not the growing quiet and dimming light, the betrayal of senses with the ambush of age and degeneration, not … Continue reading

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I Miss My Mother

I miss my mother. Not the pained days and her lonely, disorienting moments, not the frontal lobe disintegration that turned a stable woman of integrity into a silly, flirting schoolgirl, not the numbness and loss of dexterity that stole the … Continue reading

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Remembering a Friend

When there is the shock of loss–a sudden departure–and you feel like you need to do something to fix things and to take the sting away; and yet, there is nothing to be done in this shattered moment, but you … Continue reading

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There is a line . . .

There is a line in the sand, and I dare not cross— but funny thing about sand and funny thing about lines, they wash away with beating waves, leaving a skimming reflection where surety used to be. So maybe instead … Continue reading

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My Book of Uncommon Prayers: Pain and Hope

  I woke suddenly in the wee hours, the dark hours. Was it the weird dream I was having? Maybe. But aside from that, I immediately was aware that I had passed the anniversary of my first child’s death and … Continue reading

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Darkness Moves

The darkness moves toward morning—sun and moon in their cycles, and I in my bed lie awake with the constant thrumming of words in my head. My body tosses and turns; my words toss and turn, and sleep is an … Continue reading

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Hope Spreads Wings

Life and death balance on a tenuous thread— the start and the end of things, the start and end of every moment. Birth sparks and hope spreads wings. Each moment by moment breath of life steadies itself on a mix … Continue reading

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Love from Afar

When the prickles and pain of a love held close hurt too much, harm too much, then love from afar with a prayer and a hope for change, for time to heal.

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Letting Go

It’s like déjà-done this kind of thing—walked this path before, spouted this script before, destined to repeat over again attachments and letting go, hoping and hurting, again and again, pushing my rock to the crest only for it to slide … Continue reading

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Shadows Fall

When dark shadows lengthen and pathways clash, we fight our way through, each on his own, but not, bumping others, helping others, avoiding some; and the destination is beyond this black—beyond these mere pinpricks of comprehension, beyond corrupted flesh, this … Continue reading

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