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Dear Grief – You are my Greatest Inspiration.

7 Heart it! shruthi krishnaswamy 169
November 9, 2018
shruthi krishnaswamy
7 Heart it! 169

The pang of sadness
Sometimes lasts a moment
Sometimes lasts many moments

The sudden pang of grief
Grips me so tight, so unexpectedly

The sudden pang that comes out of nowhere
Even years after you’ve been gone

When I’m driving on the highway
Listening to a song
Eating something special
Having a conversation
Distressed or elated

Anywhere and everywhere
Sometimes without a rhyme or reason

And then there are those days
When I expect pangs

Your birthday, my birthday
Milestones and celebrations

But no matter what, when or where
The pang hits every nerve
As I long for your voice
And I feel my tears trickling down

Over the years
I have learned to love these moments

Moments of calmness filled with a deep longing
Moments where you seem vividly alive
Moments that inspire me
Moments that make me want to be the best I can be

When I feel inadequate
When I blunder
When I get rejected
When I feel all alone

Your voice rings loud and clear, always saying
“Reboot your engine”
Oh Dear Dad
You taught me more than you will ever know
And you will continue to teach me
Until my very last breath

Oh Dear Mom
I may have never become a writer
If you hadn’t left me
I may have never become a teacher
If you hadn’t left me

Oh dear death, Oh dear grief
Oh dear pang of sadness
I love you dearly
I love you as much as every happy moment in my life

You inspire me more than anything else ever has


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David Baumrind Nov 9, 2018 6:51am

Love this!

Megan Swan Nov 9, 2018 11:03am

Beautiful Shruthi. I feel your mercy.

Sukriti Chhopra Nov 9, 2018 7:21pm

This is deep, and not easy: “I have learned to love these moments.”
Heartfelt expression. Thanks for sharing.

shruthi krishnaswamy Nov 9, 2018 7:33pm

So glad you guys enjoyed this piece !

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