Writers' Ink at Caledon Public Library

Grieving

This is a piece inspired by a man I hardly knew. We met while I was on a winter vacation in Florida, staying in one of the many condo compounds that abound there. His name was Phil. We often met in the early morning at, what we laughingly called the “gym”, a small room behind the pool which held a couple of card tables and two stationary bikes.  Our relationship consisted entirely of the stilted, breathless conversations engaged in while we furiously pedaled our bikes to nowhere fast.  Being snow birds when spring arrived, we said our goodbyes and headed north. The following winter I stayed at the same Florida compound and while out walking ran into Phil.  Upon greeting him he told me his wife had recently died.  As we stood, I was at a loss for words, I watched in horror as he dissolved into tears before me. I held him clumsily as he cried, this big strong man who I knew ever so slightly.  Not another word passed between us but, as we stood in that embrace of unrelenting sadness I absorbed into my being his aching desperation. That evening when I put pen to paper his grief poured onto the page.

 

LOST IN A WORLD THAT’S

DEVOID OF COLOUR.

LOST, ALONE, AFRAID.

FOR ONE WHO MADE MY LIFE

COMPLETE

IS GONE FOREVER.

MY LIGHT, MY INSPIRATION, MY LOVE.

WILL THERE EVER COME A DAY

WHEN LAUGHTER COMES EASILY,

WHEN I DON’T FEEL GUILTY.

WHEN I WAKE IN THE MORNING

WITHOUT TEARS ON MY CHEEKS.

WHEN ANGER LEAVES,

WHEN SADNESS RECEDES,

FRUSTRATION ABATES.

WHEN COLOUR

COMES BACK

TO MY LIFE

By Patricia Lawrence

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