Comfort Thoughts

Written some years ago after my father died.

Vermilion roses rest in ivory
carnations, tenderly entwined with grief.
I place this meagre gift in memory
of you – my stalwart. Stunned with disbelief
foundations fold. I struggle to compose
internal tremors, close outpouring eyes
and kneel on turf that blankets your repose.
Despair subsides because I realise
you’ve not abandoned me but still uphold
collapsing structures, like a cornerstone.
Your presence tarries, sturdy walls enfold
my emptiness. Although I came alone,
your solace wreathes me, while we walk away
together – leaving only this bouquet.

© capricorn 2020
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Reading this poem has given me some comfort during these difficult days,expressing exactly what I am feeling.thank you Capricorn for sharing this heartfelt well composed poem. Pommer


Yes, feels so heartfelt genuine, Eira. written shortly after personal loss, before the mind starts the slow process of dissipating the emotional consequences so that one can cope with the continuation of one’s life and often the care of others. It’s a precious moment of raw reality and the presence of deepest feelings, and this beautiful, so meaningful, poem has it all. There is comfort in memories, the deep knowing of how another person would be, even now, being another type of continued support.
beautifully example of real reflective writing.
Best, Trevor x


Beautiful, very comforting words especially the last three lines. I still miss my mum and know I shall never stop, twenty years is a long time but only seconds have passed. Sue.

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