A Found Poem

from Afterlife by Julia Alvarez

She cannot comprehend
how someone she loved
can be nothing but dust

A new life awaiting her

Walking a narrow path
through the loss
Taking sips of sorrow

Wake up empty and frightened
Contain the damage
Keep breathing

Who now to champion her?

Silence is all she gets
Unsettled, irritated with him
for leaving her alone

Come back and help me
The world is a crazy place

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6 Responses to A Found Poem

  1. elsie says:

    The world is a crazy place. Life is so hard after someone is gone.

  2. Julie says:

    “Taking sips of sorrow” and that ending–wow. I’m so glad you shared this.

  3. cvarsalona says:

    Don’t you love it when words flow so nicely, Diane. I like how you gave us a sneak peek into the book you are reading. This stanza works so well:
    Walking a narrow path
    through the loss
    Taking sips of sorrow

  4. arjeha says:

    A perfect example of how books speak to us. These words fit together so perfectly to express loss and longing.

  5. Tim Gels says:

    “Who now,” indeed. This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

  6. Ramona says:

    Loved your poem! I know it comes from the book you’re reading, but it also comes from your life. I’m sending the poem to my BFF who lost her husband unexpectedly in February.
    I went to NYT to read a review of Afterlife and now I’m adding it to my For Later Shelf at the library. I love getting book recommendations from my blogger friends!

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