A Mother’s Grief | Poems About Grief

A Mother’s Grief
(Poems About Grief)

You ask me how I’m feeling
but do you really want to know?
The moment I try telling you
You say you have to go.

How can I tell you
what it’s been like for me ..
I am haunted, I am broken
By things that you don’t see.

You ask me how I’m holding up
but do you really care? ..
The moment I start to speak my heart
You start squirming in your chair.

Because I am so lonely
you see, friends no longer come around ..
I’ll take the words I want to say
And quietly choke them down.

Everyone avoids me now
I guess they don’t know what to say ..
They told me I’ll be there for you
then turned and walked away.

Call me if you need me
that’s what everybody said ..
But how can I call and scream
into the phone
my God, my child is dead?

No one will let me
say the words I need to say ..
Why does a mothers grief
scare everyone away?

I am tired of pretending
my heart hammers in my chest ..
I say things to make you comfortable
but my soul finds no rest.

How can I tell you things
that are too sad to be told ..
of the helplessness of holding a child
who in your arms grows cold?

Maybe you can tell me
How should one behave ..
who’s had to follow their child’s casket
watched it perched above a grave?

You cannot imagine
what it was like for me that day ..
to place a final kiss upon that box
and have to turn and walk away.

If you really love me
and I believe you do ..
if you really want to help me
here is what I need from you.

Sit down beside me
reach out and take my hand ..
Say “My friend, I’ve come to listen
I want to understand.”

Just hold my hand and listen
that’s all you need to do ..
And if by chance I shed a tear
it’s alright if you do to.

I swear that I’ll remember
till the day I’m very old ..
the friend who sat and held my hand
and let me bare my soul.

– Kelly Cummings