~Death Changes Everything~
Poem by TeriAnn Sargent
So many lonely nights just struggling to survive
death takes you to places you've never been...
It destroys all your plans and dreams
it takes away your reason for seeking joy
your reason for believing in the future
Years may roll by...
but never a time will come
for your heart to heal and move on...
Death chains what is left of your heart
to that one single moment in time
...and it never lets go
Death steals away a love
you just can't live without
leaves an empty parody
of what you used to be...
Your body lives in the physical realm
but your heart and soul are lost
to another time and place
It's not about the love you still have
for that is cherished as it always was...
It's about the life that is gone
the part of yourself
you have to exist without
when death steals your child it also steals...
a brother or sister
an uncle or aunty
a nephew or niece
a grandson or granddaughter
a Godfather or Godmother
a son or daughter-in-law
your future grandchildren
Death steals whole futures
and leaves you with only the past
Pictures and objects
and love in your heart...
Memories to treasure
from which you'll never part
for long lonely years
you have to make last
~TeriAnn Sargent ©2011
(Grieving mother of Jarred Sargent)
Thank you to TeriAnn Sargent, a fellow grieving mother, for her gracious permission to share her poignant grief poem with you.