A Feeling that No Longer Exists (a poem)

Grief is not a neat, five-stage process that can

be completed like a grade-school assignment.

It’s more like losing someone and then losing

yourself, as well – there’s shock, denial,

and depression – but also the feeling that

there’s a new void that’ll never be filled.

You spend months trying to re-create a feeling

that no longer exists. So, you wait, wait, wait until it

seems to come back – but finally realize all you

have left is old pictures in a shoebox –

and life cannot be lived based on those things.

(Photo by Matt Botsford on Unsplash)

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