- Thea Voutiritsas
“Reading or writing poetry creates a space for empathy, for seeing another person, for bearing witness to our common humanity.”
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Poems for Our Grief
Writing a poem about our loved one gives voice to our grief and allows us to remember them. It is a way of reminiscing the times that have been spent together. It helps us find the words for our experiences and provides relief.
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Ode to Mummy
We felt broken when we knew
But your strength brought the pieces together.
Then the clock struck and you had to go
And I was angry when you left.
Why did you leave?
Why didn’t you wait?
Why not in my presence?
Why with others present instead?
I tell myself it was because of love,
And I keep telling myself it IS because of love.
So with that love I continue my journey
And in this journey I grow stronger with your love.
I thank you for your life Coz without you I wouldn’t be here today.
I thank you for your strength Coz without seeing that I wouldn’t have this strength today.
I thank you for being YOU Coz it makes me smile whenever I remember you today.
I thank you for all your love Coz that is your legacy we remember you by.
On the hills of Taormina
She once lost our wedding band
With our names engraved within,
Her name and mine
And the date that marked
The start of our union.
I was upset for awhile.
One hour. Perhaps two.
But it could be replaced.
It could be remade.
Off to the ringmaker we went,
And our ring was replaced.
It was made whole again.
In the fields of Cambridge
I lost my wedding partner
Now engraved within my heart,
Her name was mine
And the date that marked
The end of our union.
I will be upset for awhile.
One year. Perhaps two.
But she cannot be replaced.
She will never be remade.
Off to the Maker she went,
Our love was never replaced.
But she is now whole again.
My Response to Loss
You know, I adore your surprise gifts.
This time, you surprised me with your death.
You never wanted me to cry;
Now, you make me cry like an ocean.
You helped me to find happiness amidst of chaos; Now, you take all my happiness with you.
You never left me alone to face any battles;
Now, I am on my own.
I always accompanied you on all your journeys,
Why did you exclude me in your journey to heaven?
Grateful for your graciousness
Remembering your relentless love
Always so accepting of my wilfulness
Never failing to receive me with open arms
Devoting your last 30 years on this earth to nurture me
Memories of you is precious
Always remembering you my dearest Ah Ma
Every time when I check my mobile phone,
I hope to receive a message or a call from you.
Every single thing reignites memories of you.
I couldn’t revive you but I can keep your soul alive.
I miss you every femtosecond…
If I miss your calm face and voice, I will view the old pictures and
If I miss you calling me baby, I will read your messages.
If I miss your cooking, I will try to recreate your culinary magic.
If I miss having a conversation with you, I will look up to the sky.
If I miss your touch, surround me like a Breeze.
You wish me to be happy and strong, I will try.
I am gonna follow your dreams just to make you smile more in heaven.
Peering into Grief
Observing the waves of emotions
Forming Non-Dualistic and Non-Attachment
Guided with Compassion for Self and Others