12. stu 2015.

A Mother's Grief


A Mother's Grief
by
Kelly Cummings

You ask me how I'm feeling,
but do you really want to know?
The moment I try telling you
You say you have to go

How can I tell you,
what it's been like for me
I am haunted, I am broken
By things that you don't see

You ask me
how I'm holding up,
but do you really care?
The moment I start
to speak my heart,
You start squirming in your chair.

Because I am so lonely,
you see, friends no
longer come around,
I'll take the words
I want to say
And quietly choke them down.

Everyone avoids me now,
I guess they don't
know what to say
They told me
I'll be there for you,
then turned and walked away.

Call me if you need me,
that's what everybody said,
But how can
I call and scream
into the phone,
My God, my child is dead?

No one will let me
say the words I need to say
Why does a mothers grief
scare everyone away?

I am tired of pretending
my heart hammers
in my chest,
I say things
to make you comfortable,
but my soul finds no rest.

How can I tell you things
that are too sad to be told,
of the helplessness
of holding a child
who in your
arms grows cold?

Maybe you can tell me,
How should one behave,
who's had to follow
their childs casket,
watched it
perched above a grave?

You cannot imagine
what it was like
for me that day
to place a final kiss
upon that box,
and have to
turn and walk away.

If you really love me,
and I believe you do,
if you really want to help me,
here is what I need from you.

Sit down beside me,
reach out and take my hand,
.......Say :
"My friend, I've come to listen,
I want to understand."

Just hold my hand and listen
that's all you need to do,
And if by chance
I shed a tear,
it's alright if you do to.

I swear that I'll remember
till the day I'm very old,
the friend who sat
and held my hand
and let me bare my soul.

Kelly Cummings

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