Grieving Children

Sibling grief matters.

My latest post on Still Standing Magazine.

http://stillstandingmag.com/2017/08/grieving-children/

Much love and light,
Jo-Anne

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Four years

I loved you every second of your life
I will love you every second of mine
Your heart beats and mine are forever entwined
Your soul became a part of my own
I was your only home, your sacred place,
An honour I proudly hold
You’re no longer with me
But you’ve woven your way into me
There you’ll be
Forever with me
The light that’ll never fade

Happy 4th Birthday Zia Sarai Joseph
16 July 2013

When Joy and Pain Coexist

It’s the fourth Christmas without you,the fourth time we decorated the tree,
the fourth time we hung up the ornaments of remembrance,
The years have passed quickly,
time after all is a slave to no man,
let time pass, I say bravely,
it will not diminish my love for you,
I feel your absence like the skin on my body,
I feel it like the ache of my bones and muscles after a long day,
it eases and returns,
eases and returns,
there were days when I was crippled by sadness,
days when I was drowning in madness,
I reached for anything that could steady me,
I fell several times and got up again, wobbly,
but I realized that the unsteadiness I felt wasn’t foolishness,
the only foolishness was in denying the absence I had grown accustomed to,
I am a crippled happy fool now,
I smile and I laugh because I live in harmony with the pain,
The pain is real,
The joy too,
It is as real as I am,
I cannot exist without either.