I've been absent from NaPoWriMo for a few days. I think the sadness of the times has taken a toll. There are so many families dealing with loss and are unable to comfort their loved ones in their final hours. It breaks my heart. When my heart breaks, poetry heals. This poem is for all the souls no longer dreaming and all their loved ones lost in grief.

 “This place is a dream. Only a sleeper considers it real. Then death comes like dawn, and you wake up laughing at what you thought was your grief.” ~ Rumi
i am not the ashes in this box

i am the lilacs blooming in spring
the new born fawn in the meadow

i am the wildflowers of summer
the eagle soaring above

i am the leaves falling in autumn
the chill in the wind of change

i am the fire's heat on a cold
winter's night
the raven outside your window

i am not the ashes in this box

i am the salt of your tears
the space between each breath

i am not the ashes in this box

i am no longer dreaming
i'll be here when you wake

18 thoughts on “Poetry ~ Ashes

  1. Thank you, Sue. Love your comforting words. I have turned a corner in the past few days and can settle and focus again, but first had to come to terms with each stage of grief.

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    1. Thanks, Jean. I’m glad you found the poem comforting. I had a very emotional day yesterday Ana although I’m feeling better today I know we’re all in this together for the long haul. Stay safe and be well, my dear friend 😊❤️😘


  2. Sue you are very insightful the way you have put the words inPoems. Just reading this poem has many feelings about the way you put positive thoughts on Ashes. It is with true feelings when you pen your poems. Thank You So Much!

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