The Weight of Sorrow

a poem by Lady Shaula Salathe, Australia - poetry writer, author, poet

A frail woman.
My friend.
Bent in two under the weight
of sorrow
Two men hold her
but cannot support her.
Her weight is too great
and there seems to be
a connecting pull
between the ground and
her tiny body,
wanted to enter the earth
in honest exchange
for her daughter’s.
Her wrenching sobs
tear at my ears
and fill my eyes with heat.
Her arms beat awkwardly
iIn the air and find,
to hold,
Nothing.

[at the funeral of my dear childhood friend, Susan Haskin - circa 1982]

There was no thud of clay
The Art of Dying
I Was There

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