After

After the loss of a child
The parent gets up each day
Dresses, eats, goes to work
Goes through the motions of living
In hopes, that one day,
They might once again feel alive.
The mind, numb with loss
presents the body with ideas,
Crazy ideas, things that might make one feel alive again
“Cut yourself, have sex with a stranger, drink too much, Jump!”
But in this grief there is no energy for actions of the living…
Only enough to go though the motions
One continues because they must
There are other children
Who also grieve
They must be comforted, fed,
Encouraged to go forward, live grow.
One day, when life returns
To replace the numbness
I will tell my surviving children
Thank you, for saving me.

Irene Walters 2007

After

Irene Walters

Billings, United States

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Words that try to describe the numbness of grief.

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