and then you were gone,

the moon twisted to unseen and dead beat stars gave up,
the earth cracked open and the doors to heaven slammed shut,
the wolf lost all hunger and sprawled in the darkness, surrendering
to nothingness, a great emptiness inside, spreading from stomach to heart
to fingertips, strangely light, outstretched, reaching for one last touch, before the tears
wash away the past, for the weeping now, of sobs convulsing and shoulders trembling,
seized with the fractured space, that is the world without you,


23 thoughts on “Goodbye

  1. This is a stunning expression of grief. I notice you have a reblog button, does that mean you don’t mind if I share this? Bereaved people follow my blog and I think this would speak to the depths of their grief. It certainly does for me.
    Please let me know if it’s ok to share your beautiful words.
    Tricia xx

      1. Thanks so much, Gabe. I’ll also share with the Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement with a link to your blog. Your wolf metaphor is beyond words.
        Hugs from touchy feely me.

  2. Reblogged this on A Reckless Mind and commented:
    The feelings of grief – the anguish, the loss, the abandonment – is so eloquently described in this poem by Gabrille Bryden that I had to reblog it on my blog. All credit goes to her, obviously. These powerful emotions of dolor are so vivid, daunting, especially at the onset when all can seem like a fathomless depth of eternal anguish and neverending suffrage. Although the dejection of something so traumatic* to ones soul, body, and/or mind may never go away completely, it does and will improve with time. I promise you it gets easier to live with, just take one day at a time. Trust me, I know.
    *trauma is always relative – something seemingly minute or โ€œno biggieโ€ may be another ones hellstorm of woeful heartache – or a trigger to a past event. No need to ever one-up someone when it involves grief of any form or reason. Just my opinion – obviously loss of a child isnโ€™t on the same par as a puppy-love BF/GF breakup, but Iโ€™m banking on the fact that you know what I mean. ;-))

    1. Thanks Anna – I do know what you mean – it is never a good idea to compare people’s situations with regard to grief or depression etc., no-one knows what people are dealing with. Just for the record, this poem is not about the loss of a child – I wrote the ‘goodbye’ poem first and the ‘hello poem second – death followed by life, the circle of life – but it is about a number of people that have died in my life – a merging of all those feelings (it can also relates to loss that has nothing to do with death – breakups etc.,)

  3. Thank you for this – so en pointe, seriously. Would it be OK if I re-blogged this poem? (with all credits given, of course). Again, thank you for posting – cathartic to my life right now. love your poetry and happy to have stumbled upon your blog, which Iโ€™m now following.

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