Grief Poems

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Long Distance Ii
by Tony Harrison

Though my mother was already two years dead
Dad kept her slippers warming by the gas,
put hot water bottles her side of the bed
and still went to renew her transport pass.

You couldn't just drop in. You had to phone.
He'd put you off an hour to give him time
to clear away her things and look alone
as though his still raw love were such a crime.


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Eloisa To Abelard
by Alexander Pope

In these deep solitudes and awful cells,
Where heav'nly-pensive contemplation dwells,
And ever-musing melancholy reigns;
What means this tumult in a vestal's veins?
Why rove my thoughts beyond this last retreat?
Why feels my heart its long-forgotten heat?
Yet, yet I love!--From Abelard it came,
And Eloisa yet must kiss the name.

Dear fatal name! rest ever unreveal'd,


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The Kaleidoscope
by Douglas Dunn

To climb these stairs again, bearing a tray,
Might be to find you pillowed with your books,
Your inventories listing gowns and frocks
As if preparing for a holiday.
Or, turning from the landing, I might find
My presence watched through your kaleidoscope,
A symmetry of husbands, each redesigned
In lovely forms of foresight, prayer and hope.
I climb these stairs a dozen times a day
And, by the open door, wait, looking in


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For Grief
by John O'Donohue

When you lose someone you love,
Your life becomes strange,
The ground beneath you becomes fragile,
Your thoughts make your eyes unsure;
And some dead echo drags your voice down
Where words have no confidence
Your heart has grown heavy with loss;
And though this loss has wounded others too,
No one knows what has been taken from you
When the silence of absence deepens.


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September On Jessore Road
by Allen Ginsberg

Millions of babies watching the skies
Bellies swollen, with big round eyes
On Jessore Road--long bamboo huts
Noplace to shit but sand channel ruts

Millions of fathers in rain
Millions of mothers in pain
Millions of brothers in woe
Millions of sisters nowhere to go


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Recent Grief Poems
by Ashleigh Owsley

Am I blue or am I red?
am I bitter, am I upset?
Am I allowed even allowed to be red?
To be is to live.
Do they resent me for my resentment?
I feel nothing, I feel it all.
Emotions I am unable to describe, I draw them on the wall.
I bite my lip, I consume myself
I don’t see whatever it is they are seeing.
I am my only lover, but I hate me more than I love anything.


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by anon anon

i had a dream about you,
before I knew.
it was short,
and so were you.
nothing has changed,
but I wish it had.
And I will think of you
with every cigarette,
just like I always have,
but probably not tomorrow


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may 11
by K J

I walk in and you immediately mouth
“You look beautiful”
But you are the one that’s beautiful
My mustard yellow dress pales in comparison
To how you look in your bright yellow gown despite everything…

(Which reminds me of sunshine. You are my sunshine.
Your smile warms my heart and soothes the pain)

…but today they have you in green


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by Oscar Auliq-Ice

Grief is an ocean,
Endless and vast,
It swallows you whole,
And the pain seems to last.

It crashes and tumbles,
And pulls you under,
You struggle and fight,
But it’s just getting stronger.


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Grief, Oh Grief
by Oscar Auliq-Ice

Grief, oh grief, you heavy weight,
A burden that no one can debate.
You come uninvited, unannounced,
And leave us feeling so deeply pounced.

You shake our world, turn it upside down,
And leave us feeling lost and bound.
Your presence lingers, like a dark cloud,
As we struggle to move on, feeling so cowed.


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  • George Herbert
    George Herbert (15 poems about Grief)
    3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633 / Montgomery, Wales
  •  Samuel Daniel
    Samuel Daniel (11 poems about Grief)
    1562 - 1620 / England
  •  Ovid
    Ovid (9 poems about Grief)
    43 BCE - 17 CE / Rome / Italy
  • Charlotte Brontë
    Charlotte Brontë (7 poems about Grief)
    21 April 1816 – 31 March 1855 / Yorkshire, England
  •  Owen Suffolk
    Owen Suffolk (6 poems about Grief)
    Born: 1829 / Australia
  • Thomas Campbell
    Thomas Campbell (6 poems about Grief)
    1777-1844 / Glasgow / Scotland
  • Paul Laurence Dunbar
    Paul Laurence Dunbar (4 poems about Grief)
    1872-1906 / Ohio / United States
  • Anne Killigrew
    Anne Killigrew (4 poems about Grief)
    1660- 16 June 1685 / London
  • Anna Akhmatova
    Anna Akhmatova (4 poems about Grief)
    23 June 1889 – 5 March 1966 / Odessa
  • Hermann Hesse
    Hermann Hesse (3 poems about Grief)
    2 July 1877 – 9 August 1962 / Calw, Württemberg
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