Like a thief in the night
Grief slinks silently back into my life
Disturbing the peace I have fought so hard for
It is like a fractious child demanding attention
And as the mother with her child, I give in
And am taken back to the beginning
When days were so long and nights even longer.
When I thought there was no way out of this slough of despair
And I am once again immobilised by it.
But I have been here before
Many times since that April night
And I know I can climb out
And once again put grief back where it belongs
Until the next time.
Judith Baxter, Mother, Grandmother, Sister, Blogger and Friend
Yesterday I had a long talk with a neighbour, His partner of 15 years literally dropped dead in a restaurant a couple of weeks ago. He had suffered from heart problems since an early age and apparently had an enlarged heart. The death was quick and painless for which my neighbour was very thankful.
Drew, the neighbour, put the link to the video of the funeral on my laptop and I heard him singing. Drew is an Opera singer and to hear him sing If You Go Away to the love of his life brought tears to my eyes. I have heard many singers sing this song, but none with the feeling of Drew.
And then I went off to the Hospice for a few hours. Here again, I was faced with death, but they were all expected deaths, none so sudden as Natu’s.
So of course, all this and particularly the Hospice brought back that day in 2015 when my Late Love, The Architect, died.
But today is another day. Nothing changes; the grief for both of my loves lies just below the surface, ready to spring to life at any time. But I am stronger than I was and can face the days without either of my loves.
“Where you used to be there, is a hole in the world,
which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime
and falling into at night.
I miss you like hell.”
Edna StVincent Millay.
Thanks for reading. Today I am back to being my usual cheerful self. As we say “PollyAnna is alive and well and living in Wellington, New Zealand.”