The Dark

Alone in the dark she sits,
knees to chest, her head is hung.
Protectively, she encircles her legs with her arms.
She waits for the darkness that surrounds her to become her.
Her sadness so great she sees nothing else.

In the dark she cannot measure time,
Disconnected, it passes without her awareness.
Her pain moderated only by the emptiness.
She seeks solace in the dark. Her soul consumed.
She is falling into the vacuous space left by his death.

A mother, His mother, she endures,
because she has no choice, and no energy.
She prays for answers but knows they will not come.
She has been told, “It is not hers to understand why”.
Yet she must endure, and trust “the plan.” Ha!

The emptiness and pain become anger.
She hates all that breathe, mocking the stillness of her son’s chest.
In her mind, she forms lists, naming those who should have gone first.
Loved ones, she would gladly exchange for the life of her boy.
She loathes the blackness in her. She embraces it.

From deep in the darkness, a flicker of light, a voice,
“Mother I am here, you must only look to see me.”
This love cannot be allowed to become darkness.
It was a thing of light and joy!
Rejoice, that we have known such Love!

Prepare for me a garden, oh, Lord!
That I might walk, once again, hand in hand, with my son,
that I might behold him with my eyes and hear the comfort of his words.
As a sinner whom is weak with the grief of this world, I beseech you.
Bless me that I might know my son again in your glory.

Irene Walters 2008

The Dark

Irene Walters

Billings, United States

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Since the death of my son I have explored many mediums to express my grief. Words and images lack the necessary depth.

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