Stories tagged “LOSS”

  • In Memoriam Bliss / Empty-handed (poem)

    To dream such dreams,

    to banish despair with the conjured light of face and form,

    drawn perfectly from decades ago--

    such is the magic of faerie wings and moon beams.

    In that twisting and infinite moment,

    perhaps a reflection of what was in another time …

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Worth It?

    I drove 3 hours to find your boat pushing barges up the mighty Mississippi. You were not supposed to be on your phone, but you coordinated with me your location so I could stand on the bridge and wave.

    The moment you passed, I smiled and waved like a mad…

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Cost of Friendship

    She cried silently on the video chat, tears running down, sniffles, and gasps for air. "I... n..know. I can... do this."

    "Listen, it's not personal. It's just that the last time this happened to me, I lost a friend. We used to be close and then it ended. …

    Posted 3 years ago
  • Nothing I'd Rather

    There's nothing I would rather see

    Than your smile as you walk to me

    There's nothing that I'd rather do

    Than have the guts to run to you

    There's nothing I would rather say

    Than "I love you; don't go away"

    There's nothing in my future left

    I've got no cour…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • What Missing Feels Like

    I don't think you understand what it feels like to miss someone the way I miss you.

    When I want to call, or text, or communicate, I am struck mute. Words fail me as my heart aches, knowing that you are so near and yet so far. I could send a simple smiley…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • The Weight of One

    There's something broken inside. It rattles with every breath. It weighs down my lungs, curving my spine and slumping my shoulders. My heart works harder than it should, slightly panicked at the change inside. It knows that something is wrong and it can't…

    Posted 5 years ago
  • Moon

    Not quite white

    or gray

    or blue


    The moon is a muse




    A means to an end




    Beating hearts, abuse

    love sway



    The moon, impassive




    Left lovers lost

    cold day

    tears few


    Returned to mock



    Posted 5 years ago
  • Funny Little Things

    I saw my therapist for the last time today. I expected to cry, but I only felt numb. I expect that the rougher emotions will come in time. I gave her a card with my words of gratitude, and she gave me a journal so that I can keep writing words.

    Over fou…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Cold Glow of Morning

    I thought I’d get to kiss your face

    And hold your hand when you were sad.

    I thought you’d stay, that you would wish

    My company when times were bad,


    And when you thought of times to come,

    You’d seen me there beside you, dear,

    In peaceful camaraderie. I’m…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Falling Into Third

    Third place.

    Some people would be happy that they won third place if they worked hard and tried their best. But third was a fall for me and I fell hard.

    I knew I wasn't first place material, never was, never would be. I was cool with that. There would a…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Wasted Investment

    An 'Investment' feels wasted with no return.

    All the time and energy

    I put into you

    And for what?

    I see the words 'appreciation'


    and then

    You aren't there.

    I see you laughing with others.

    Watching shows

    Listening to Music

    Sharing memories I'm…

    Posted 6 years ago
  • Hearts' Mending (4)

    But graduation seemed a new beginning:

    A different major to enrich my mind,

    Fresh challenges and contests for the winning,

    A one-bedroom apartment (hard to find).


    Ah! Living on my own, my shy moon waxed,

    While self-esteem soon waned, a fleeting dream.


    Posted 6 years ago
  • Hearts' Mending (3)

    It hasn't been so easy, shifting from

    Our college days, our ev'ry hour together,

    And sharing all our thoughts; to then become

    A lone alumnus, sister without brother


    Like Wordsworth, stranded in a city German,

    I was adrift, in hostile land, alone.

    Beset …

    Posted 6 years ago
  • The Ship of One More

    “In the event of a gravitational storm, please return to your seat and buckle your restraints as demonstrated by the hologram in front of you. In the case of decompression..”

    I tuned out the flight attendant. I'd taken this trip many times recently as bo…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Stalky's Nightmare 8: A Breath Away

    His ragged breath jagged on, each with an untimed pause preceding it. He stared down at the pulpy mess that had been his best dancer and most skilled voice actor. He didn't seem to understand what he was looking at. Then his eyes glazed over and he starte…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • Barn Dumping

    What is that truck doing?

    The truck was large. The flat bed had fabricated wooden sides. It backed up to the barn, and in full daylight, no less! Surely, my late father would not have allowed strangers to traipse onto his property. Since it was mine n…

    Posted 7 years ago
  • DIY 3 Word Prompt: Orbiting Her Before

    I spun around in lazy, mostly elliptical, circles. Enough time had passed--years, decades?--that I couldn't remember being caught. Orbiting her was an honor, a duty, a pleasure, a pain. It was all I knew. I kept watch because I didn't have a choice. I was…

    Posted 8 years ago
  • Dog Kettle Door

    My hand was burnt on the kettle

    Just as it began to boil

    My hand was bitten by a dog

    I’d always thought was loyal.

    I stepped on glass in my bare feet

    Where it was safe before

    You said, “I’m always here for you;”

    Then you walked out the door.

    Posted 8 years ago