wild grief

Your wild grief scares me.

It flows from you like
so many liquids
and pours hard and fast.
I intrude on it,
like stepping in milk that isn’t mine and
treading it into your carpet.
Back and forth i trudge.

Like a great beast
in the final throws of death.
That great gold spear that
pierces your lungs and
up it comes.
All that bile and froth that was hidden.
You are no longer who you were.

And I, unable to reach out with my hands
and take your shoulders and calm you
with all that mass of hair
so tangled and forlorn,
slink away to nurse my own.

It is quiet and faint and
will always dwell
deep in my heart.



  1. slynne · November 13, 2007

    This is beautiful. I love the way it seems to creshendo and then slowly back off towards teh end! Great work. Love love love it

  2. zaphodfreek · November 13, 2007

    Thanks slynne.
    I appreciate that.

  3. krkbaker · November 15, 2007

    you’ve done it again.
    excellent work.
    i am never disappointed when i visit.

  4. zaphodfreek · November 15, 2007

    This lifts my soul somewhat.
    Thanks kim,
    the feeling is entirely mutual.

  5. alison · November 18, 2007

    Wild grief. What a notion. I had to read and reread. Loved it.

  6. zaphodfreek · November 18, 2007

    I am glad.

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