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Grief is reality
hard for me to accept
I get confused how I should be
what to say
what to do

Grief is like a nightmare
that I want to forget
when I wake up
but it’s still there
I feel so helpless

Grief is a pain in the chest
pressing and choking
obscuring my sight
thinning my awareness
I feel numb

Grief is a pang
that shocks and hurts
I try to hang on
The truth is: I’m not alone

Grief is emptiness
that longs for the presence of
is a means to experience
abundant love of brothers and sisters
and God’s love
that fills and warms the heart
so it may happen
that in grief, there’s joy


Jakarta, October 2005
shienta aswin

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