Thought For Today

Saturday, June 13, 2009

In Silence...

When I really started feeling the "calling" to write poetry, it came from a need to express comfort to those that have lost. First with the loss of my father many years ago and then throughout the years with friends and family that have lost loved ones. Some one said my writings all "sound the same", and maybe part of that is true. As I look back on my old writings, there are many written to comfort people that have lost loved ones. By putting feelings and memories into words, I try to acknowledge the heart felt pain, and transition emotions to those that offer comfort, hope and acknowledge the joy of the life once shared.

This one was written for a friend who lost their spouse. You can exchange he or she for they if it carries more meaning for you. Originally it was she. In Love and Light, I share yet another...


What do you do when someone’s gone away?
Words seem shallow; so much more I want to say.

I sit and think, My heart aches for you.
Your pain, your sorrow, what can I do?

Everyone gathers the support is abound
Afraid to be alone yet don’t want anyone around.

It’s a pace with no name there’s nothing you can do,
For it’s nowhere at all but inside of you.

In silence you sit, watch, listen and wait.
You feel and feel and want out; there’s no gate.

The pain of the loss overtakes your breath
This place hurts as you feel their death.

It’s dark and damp and oh so cold
You can’t go on there’s no one to hold

A chill you feel then sweet softness so warm
Across your neck, your cheek, your lips…no form

In silence you see a light it glows
Your holding your breath, the silence grows

A thought it comes and touches you
A smile it brings as only they can do

Memories fly and laughter it comes
A fragrance you taste on your tongue

The light is bright as thoughts go by
Times together; they seem to fly

Memories flood in. Oh please let them stay?
Oh God why did you take them away?

A silent touch you feel; your heart skips a beat
A voice, their voice, you get up on your feet

You’re alone, you’re alone ;you tell yourself out loud
Your head spins, heart races, you feel as if a cloud

This place inside of you isn’t really that bad
It’s a place where it’s even ok to get mad

The loss you feel.. Once here… now not
Your gut wrenches with all the pain you’ve got

Let the silence come again inside of you
Listen, wait, feel; there’s nothing to do

Acceptance of all this, it comes with Love
Wisdom beyond ours; it comes from Above

Listen to your memories in sweet quietness
Look past the pain and the emptiness

Soon you will find this quiet place that you have
Has healing powers, much as a salve

Unnamed feelings with no way to express
Come, find Peace in silent reminisce

How great is the loss of your lover, your spouse
At times you may feel so alone in your house

In silence just listen, they’re there by your side
At the same table with arms open wide

They want you to feel and know their all right
As angels watch over you all through the night

I know I babble and make little sense
But feelings and words build life, not a fence

Raw emotions we have and don’t know what to do
Just listen and know that we are here for you

To walk and to talk or just sit and be
You’ve touched many lives and are like family

I don’t sit and judge that’s not who I am
I’m a watcher of life and try not to condemn

I offer to you myself as a friend
To hold if you want when tears have no end

You don’t know me that well but know this as true
As a friend in your life, I’m here for you

I believe in this place as I’ve described above
I found it first with loneliness, anger; not love

As time passes on and fond memories come
This silent place actually starts to hum

The loneliness fades and so does the pain
Even tears of your loss come and go like the rain

Memories can hurt as they pull at your heart
You’ll always wish that you’re not far apart

Times a great healer as is God Above
Hang on to your friends and gain strength from their love

Remember in silence your lover’s right there
By your side blowing kisses that brush through your hair
They loved you, and love you with all of their heart
Just know in your silence, you’re never apart.

Written with Love and prayer by Nina P. 12/2000


Clytie said...

Okay so now you've got me crying. How beautiful and comforting your words - for anyone and everyone who has lost someone they love. I thank you.

Nina P. said...

Ohh Clytie, so not my intent... I do hope they are Healing tears that give way to joyful memories, love, life, and anticipation of meeting again someday... Love and Light Nina P.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh My goodness, Nina, that is absolutely incredible--and SO moving. It does bring tears, but as you said, hopefully healing tears. We do miss our loved one SO much--but know that they are in a better place.

You need to publish that one...

Clytie said...

Healing tears, dear one. They came, cleansing tears, through my smile, my comforted smile. My memories of a dear one, who is smiling himself right now. Knowing I was comforted by the heart of a wonderful poet and beautiful soul.

Beth Niquette said...

Wow...I can tell you've been through it, because that poem expresses exactly how it is.

Beth Niquette said...

Yes, Clytie--dear Sis, I feel exactly the same way. ((hugs))

SarahA said...

Loving words so very heartfelt written.

Tammie Lee said...

This is a lovely praise to the power of the stance of silence and letting it hum~

Grannie Annie said...

Dear Nina,
Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog sites.
You must be a very special lady to put so much of yourself into the things that you write. The words just seem to flow out of you.

Leandra Greenmoon said...

one of best and most moving poems I've even read, your words are incredibly lyrical and the intention heartfelt...beautiful.

Nina P. said...

Thank you everyone for your kind words of encouragement. You've made my apprehension of doing the blog and sharing my writings, go out the window. Blessings to one and all. Love and Light, Nina

Wendy said...

Absolutely beautiful!