Lois Hjelmstad

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Compassion and courage for the times you need it.

Grieving is hard. How long does it take to forget someone you love?

The Secret
The jagged edges of grief tear at my spirit
they pull and snag
and rip and shred

Is there a secret to surviving with
the fabric of my life
somewhat intact?

But Can I Hide?
Anxious to get the grieving done
I run and run and run and run

Thinking at last I’m almost there
I glimpse her apron hanging,
still hanging, hanging
by the stair

(Both poems excerpted from The Last Violet: Mourning My Mother, Moving Beyond Regret, copyright 2002 Lois Tschetter Hjelmstad)

241 Responses

  1. I like the fabric motif in this pair of poems: the shredding and tearing in the first one showing up in the apron on the stair, just as if the mother had taken it off just a minute before to answer the doorbell. Poetry: the best words in the best order.

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