Aware of Darkness

Aware of Darkness

Who is to say one’s grief
is greater than that of another?
Never really gone,
all exist in all they touch,
yet some are touched
in ways that cannot be equaled.

Who is to measure a loss,
if not the one whose heart
cannot find a way to fill a space
that already holds something
that can no longer be touched?

One who sees the darkness
that would consume
the light that fills that space.
One who lives with that grief.

These are my thoughts after reading Beware of Darkness, by Kerfe Roig.

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41 thoughts on “Aware of Darkness

  1. A wonderful poem, Ken!

    Who is to measure a loss,
    if not the one whose heart
    cannot find a way to fill a space
    that already holds something
    that can no longer be touched?

    Who can measure the depth of the soul?

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  2. Important questions, and difficult answers or non-answers. We all have the lens of our own perceptions, so when tragedy strikes, it is our loss, our grief that is paramount. So those idiots in rural ,areas who seem indifferent to the pandemic have a rude awakening lurking nearby.

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  3. Grief and loss are not easy to talk about. I appreciate your tender exploration of what this can mean, what this can feel like. This stanza especially spoke to me,
    “Who is to measure a loss,
    if not the one whose heart
    cannot find a way to fill a space
    that already holds something
    that can no longer be touched?”

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  4. I love the sensitivity of these questions and observations, indicating the care one must take when someone brings their grief into the space. These lines are so wise and such a deep perception, “Never really gone,
    all exist in all they touch,
    yet some are touched
    in ways that cannot be equaled.”

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  5. Such sensitive words – and a balm to all who grieve. You recognize the paradox of universality and uniqueness inherent in all creation, but especially important to remember both in grieving and in offering solace- so important not to trespass.

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