No Language for Loss – by Ellie Miller Greenberg

NO LANGUAGE FOR LOSS
by
Ellie Miller Greenberg
8/17/14

[written for Nancy Nowak on the death of her mother,
102 years old, Bernice K. Cohen: 1912-2014]

We have no
Language for loss;
And every loss is different…
Some sudden,
Some after long and painful illness,
Some too early.
Some late in a long life.

Losing a lifelong partner
Is different from
Losing a mother,
Is different from
Losing a father,
Is different from
Losing a child,
Is different from
Losing a friend,
Is different from….

Each loss is unique,
Singular,
One of a kind,
Unlike any other,
And each is special.

As each one comes along,
I reach out
To the one who has lost someone;
And every time,
I miss the mark…
And every time,
I feel wanting….
And every time,
I have no
Language for loss.

This time,
I want you to know
That I wish I could
Heal your hurt,
Wipe your tears,
Hug you tight,
Hold your hand,
Make you feel better….

But, I know that
We have no
Language for loss….
And the best I can do
Is tell you
That I care
And that I hope
You will feel better soon…

And, in the meantime,
Remember the good parts
Of the life you shared
And be grateful
For all she gave to you….
Your very breath,
Your very being,
Your very life….

All rights reserved © 2014 Ellie Miller Greenberg

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