I’ve experienced all kind of loss in my life. Most people have. My mom was diagnosed with a terminal illness when I was a teenager, and passed within a few years. I lost an Uncle, who was my sort of replacement father, shortly before that. My best friend was killed in a car accident just after Christmas 2016.
But there are more types of loss than death. Relationships end, or people aren’t who you thought they were. Sometimes you have to remove people from your life for your own health and sanity. You lose jobs, you move. Life goes on.
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Oblivion is a poem I wrote when attempting recovery for the first time. It’s an open letter to my mother, asking for the strength to see it through.
Intangible is a poem about feeling someone’s presence when you need them the most, even after they’ve left the physical world.
Ambivalent Awareness is about my thoughts on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, having lost my mother to ALS/ Motor Neurone Disease.
Anticipatory Grief is a recollection of my experience with watching a love one become sick and pass away, and the grief process associated with that.
Sweet Melissa is a poem about the loss of my mother, written shortly after her passing. It’s about how the small reminders can hurt the most.