Fragile Beauty

It was only a summer day much like this
When you took that final breath and drifted away
The birds were singing as if nothing significant happened
The nascent breeze meandered through the garden
The blood red roses didn’t wither and blacken
The sun kept on shining with nary a hint of rain to dampen
Its lazy path across the brilliant turquoise sky.

Yet now, because of this one change, your dying breath–
The world is re-arranged and grey clouds abound, as a
Storm of black grief rides in on a horse made of tears,
With heavy hooves it roars, bringing lightning and thunder
The fragile beauty of this magnificent day broken, torn asunder
Leaving those of us left behind to ponder and wonder why.

©2019 Linda Lee Lyberg

Author’s Note: On Saturday, we lost a dear friend to cancer. This is for him and those he left behind.

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35 Comments on “Fragile Beauty

  1. “The sun kept on shining with nary a hint of rain to dampen
    Its lazy path across the brilliant turquoise sky…”

    It seems almost impossible that life can go on as if nothing has happened. That’s how I felt at my Father-in-Laws funeral. Hugs – sorry for your loss.

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  2. This is an extremely touching poem, Linda. The pathetic fallacy is very well expressed, and your theme is universal. Thank you for writing to my prompt.

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  3. What an awesome tribute to your friend!! I’m sure it will be treasured by his family! Thanks so much for sharing it with us, Dear Linda! So sorry for your loss, My Dear!
    xoxoxo

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  4. I remember feeling the same way when I lost a good friend to ALS. The sun at least had the sense to hide for his funeral. I am so sorry for your loss.

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  5. I’m so sorry for your loss, Linda.
    This line, the truth for sure: “The birds were singing as if nothing significant happened”

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