Mar 08

Songs of Life

The Many Faces of Loss

This is one of those times in my life when there is a lot of loss among my friends, family, and neighbors: retirement, job changes, illness, aging, and death. We forget that life IS change when we are merrily living through a calm patch.

Each of us finds ways to cope and keep on keeping on. People coping with different losses and ways to find comfort wrote these four poems. I hope they will touch you – and maybe give you some comfort.

  1. Robert Hayden, Those Winder Sundays, in Committed to Memory, Ed. John Hollander
  2. Stanley Kunitz, Touch Me, in Passing Through
  3. Marie Howe, What the Living Do, in What the Living Do
  4. Mary Oliver, Heavy, in Thirst

Painting by John Hope

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