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Sorry For Your Loss

Sorry For Your Loss

written by: Holly Michaels



Words bounce off of me
like rubber daggers,
they sting and bruise
but cannot do the job.

I watch as the wind blows dying leaves,
scatters them apart.
– – I think I understand what they feel like,
I think they are r e a d y for Winter.

I live in a season of almost.

Almost freezing,
almost empty
almost Thanksgiving.

Forgive me my sacrilege,
but I cannot give thanks today.
You note that I am surrounded by love,
by family,
by friends,
yet all of these things feel extraneous to me,
the audience cheering on this tragedy play,
applauding a great performance.

They say that no man is an island,
yet I am,
I am Atlantis
with the waves lapping at my feet,
eyes closed
feeling the salty spray.


In memory of my daddy, whilst trying to comprehend this unthinkable thing that is grief.

Holly Michaels

Holly Michaels

Holly Michaels is a poet from Appalachia writing on themes of love and loss. She is an outspoken advocate for social justice, social worker, mother, and lover of flip-flops.
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