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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Less Awful

Grief
Makes helpers
Feel helpless
Mirrors their own worst fears
Leaves them wondering
If what they are doing matters
Depletes energy

It’s a long haul
Down a thankless road

It is not predictable
Or comfortable
Or pretty

So it’s no mystery
Why people avoid grief
And those who grieve

But grief appreciates a witness

Finds relief just by having
Its sheer awfulness
Acknowledged

Forgets itself
When invited
For a glass of wine
Or a walk

Is comforted by consistency
Even if it’s a text
Once a week
That says
Hi – on a scale of 1 to 10
How sucky is your day today

Is grateful for anyone
That will come along into the unknown
And admit that what used to be
Is no longer

Grief is pretty awful
But less awful
When there is company

Less awful
When brave souls 
Stay and witness
What can’t be
Rushed
Or fixed
Just acknowledged