Hour 17 – The Thing about Grief

Inspiration – “I stopped thinking about extreme grief as the sole vehicle for great art when the grief started to take people with it.” – Hanif Abdurraqib


The thing about grief is

it is alive and warm

like a child

and begs to be fed, nurtured

you obey and it grows

within you

eating you

mimicking you enough to

convince it IS you.

Hoodwinks you to think

you are ‘over it’

and have ‘moved on’

but it is there – festering, biding

its presence betrayed

only through your words

and paints

and lonely sobs on a winter night

conjuring memories

picking at scabs

making sure every laceration lasts

till the agony it inflicts becomes your succor

a leech disguised as savior

until the day comes

it pushes too far

the mask rips open

and you jolt awake






3 thoughts on “Hour 17 – The Thing about Grief

  1. I strongly resonate with this portrait of grief as a hungry child. You have captured how the waves of grief hit us and leave us, gobbling up our energy and hope (sometimes). Thank you for sharing.

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