Poetry

Thoughts from the Heart from Those Who Grieve, For those who Grieve

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These poems are meant to comfort, bring hope, and encourage those who read them. New Hope cannot endorse the opinions of every poem, but want to include the thoughts and ideas from those who grieve.

A Widows Prayer

O Lord, I surrender my gloom;
O Lord, I surrender the tomb.

I’ve surrounded myself, enshrouded myself in gloom

There is room in my heart for love;
There’s a need in this world for love.
Your love has remained with me, Lord, through it all;
Let me give it away to the world.

I offer You, Lord, my heart;
So it’s broken apart;
That’s right where we’ll start.
Just seal the cracks with Your love.
- Rose Savitsky 2003

Shaken

When Our Lives Are Shaken
The earth has shaken
The sea roared
Lives changed forever.

Our lives are shaken.
We try to take it in
but it is incomprehensible.

Who can understand the whys
of human tragedy
We taste the bitterness
and grope for answers.

What does one give
To those who have lost so much?
For some it will be a clean cup of water.
A helping hand, an encouraging word.
Being there. Connecting.

When our own lives are shaken
and changed forever
By loss and change that threatens
the very fabric of our souls.
It is the simplest of kindnesses
that plant hope in our beings.

What was once important fades
into nothingness.
Hanging on to hope,
Reaching out to others
Looking to our Creator
This gives life meaning,
and a purpose to live, again.

-Grace Lacoursiere Wulff 2005

Alone

Alone
...for better or worse,
‘til death do us part.

I have had the better or worse.
And now I have had the death.
We are apart.

It is said that you cannot love well
until you can be alone well.
I have learned to be alone.

So who do I love?
who do I love well?
Who benefits from what I have learned?

It should be you.
I know I could love you better,
understand you better,
be better in our relationship.
But you are not here.

You would know how I am better,
how our marriage would be better
...more intimate
...more real
...more understanding and sensitive
...more whole and complete.

You should be here to benefit
...from my being alone,
...from my growth,
...from my reflections,
...from what I have learned.

But you are not here.
I am alone.

(Liz Friedrichsen, 2004)

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I do not want to move your stuff from your home

I wish I could just leave it all there like a time capsule

I could visit when I need to be with you

However, the day is coming soon

when I will have to move your furniture

and all your things you've collected through your life

They all have stories

and I probably don't know half the stories

You left too soon to tell all of them to me

I'll have to decide which things to keep and which to give away or sell

Each possession, you have put your hands on and used at some time in your life

Then, an empty shell of your home will be left

and the while my sorrow echoes in the gutted out home that you used to spend your time in

it will hit me that you are gone.

- Stephanie Penades - Only Child of a Wonderful Man -

IF I KNEW

If I knew it would be the last time
That I'd see you fall asleep,
I would tuck you in more tightly
and pray the Lord, your soul to keep.

If I knew it would be the last time
that I see you walk out the door,
I would give you a hug and kiss
and call you back for one more.

If I knew it would be the last time
I'd hear your voice lifted up in praise,
I would video tape each action and word,
so I could play them back day after day.

If I knew it would be the last time,
I could spare an extra minute
to stop and say "I love you,"
instead of assuming you would KNOW I do.

If I knew it would be the last time
I would be there to share your day,
Well I'm sure you'll have so many more,
so I can let just this one slip away.

For surely there's always tomorrow
to make up for an oversight,
and we always get a second chance
to make everything just right.

There will always be another day
to say "I love you,"
And certainly there's another chance
to say our "Anything I can do?"

But just in case I might be wrong,
and today is all I get,
I'd like to say how much I love you
and I hope we never forget.

Tomorrow is not promised to anyone,
young or old alike,
And today may be the last chance
you get to hold your loved one tight.

So if you're waiting for tomorrow,
why not do it today?
For if tomorrow never comes,
you'll surely regret the day,

That you didn't take that extra time
for a smile, a hug, or a kiss
and you were too busy to grant someone,
what turned out to be their one last wish.

So hold your loved ones close today,
and whisper in their ear,
Tell them how much you love them
and that you'll always hold them dear

Take time to say "I'm sorry,"
"Please forgive me," "Thank you," or "It's okay."
And if tomorrow never comes,
you'll have no regrets about today.

-Dawn Marie Huddleston, copyright 2000

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When Tomorrow Starts Without Me

When tomorrow starts without me,
And I'm not there to see;
If the sun should rise and find your eyes
All filled with tears for me;
I wish so much you wouldn't cry
The way you did today,
While thinking of the many things,
We didn't get to say.

I know how much you love me,
As much as I love you,
And each time that you think of me,
I know you'll miss me too;
But when tomorrow starts without me,
Please try to understand,
That an angel came and called my name,
And took me by the hand,
And said my place was ready,
In heaven far above,
And that I'd have to leave behind
All those I dearly love.

But as I turned to walk away,
A tear fell from my eye,
For all my life, I'd always thought,
I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for,
So much yet to do,
It seemed almost impossible,
That I was leaving you.

I thought of all the yesterdays,
The good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared,
And all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday,
Just even for awhile,
I'd say good-bye and kiss you
And maybe see you smile.

But then I fully realized,
That this could never be,
For emptiness and memories,
Would take the place of me.
And when I thought of worldly things,
I might miss come tomorrow,
I thought of you, and when I did,
My heart was filled with sorrow.

But when I walked through heaven's gates,
I felt so much at home.
When God looked down and smiled at me,
From His great golden throne,
He said "This is eterniity,
And all I've promised you."
Today for life on earth is past,
But here it starts anew.

I promise no tomorrow,
But today will always last,
And since each day's the same way
There's no longing for the past.
But you have been so faithful,
So trusting and so true.
Though there were times you did some things,
You knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven
And now at last you're free.
So won't you take my hand
And share my life with me?

So when tomorrow starts without me,
Don't think we're far apart,
For every time you think of me,
I'm right here, in your heart.

Author Unknown

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