grief: ‘A Light Has Gone Out’ poem, written on the second anniversary of a bereavement

A lamp; flicked off.

A flame: snuffed out with a hiss.

The sun; sinking into the sea.

You; no more.


A dynamic luminescence with a far-reaching glow,

I didn’t know everything the light touched,


It went out.


To sit in the dark;

A terrifying prospect,

So I light up other torches,

A candescent spread, like a starlit sky.


To un-dim the dark,

To avoid its reality,

The gleam,

Now gone.


But, the lights go out,


Not made to last,

I tire of relighting, reigniting.


And so, I’m submerged in the gloom,

To feel the dark,

The absence of light,

And undefined shadows.


I wait for the spark,

The light to return,

Memories encased in glass,

To light as I please; and remember.


Written in memory of my Dad.

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