Category Archives: Suffering

Frequent Death and Daily Disquiet (#poem)

So many people died that year that I developed A permanent anxiety about companion mortality. Guns, cancer, fire, and water all took people from me. After an absence of a few months, a friend once Called just to say, “You … Continue reading

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A Pattern of Substance Misuse in Rural Texas (#poem)

You were always object lesson, Never role model, and I only knew I should never be like you. Your death was early and tragic, As expected, your last conscious Moments spent reaching for the door Of a home engulfed in … Continue reading

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If She Didn’t Like It (#poem cw/tw)

She spotted him across the bar, And her pulse quickened. She wasn’t surprised to see him; She knew he would be here, But she stepped outside to finish The joint she had started earlier. After a few long drags, she … Continue reading

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On Perusing a Dictionary of Modern English Usage as It Pertains to Suffering

Deferring to the OED, Fowler’s* tells us not To spell “inure” as “enure” for variant Spellings are not needed; even if “inure” Has two meanings, it is still only one word. But who ever heard of “inure” relating to Anything … Continue reading

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The Best Way to Grieve for a Child (#poem #napowrimo)

They never changed that room. Dolls, teddy bears, trains, And transformers all hold space, Lock time in perpetual stasis. When death comes life stops. Family said they should pack Things away. It’s too hard To be reminded day after day … Continue reading

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On the Disastrous Art of Losing (#poem #NaPoWriMo)

On our first meeting, she Described me as a “near Buddhist,” Meaning, of course, that I had The ascetic qualities of a monk.   And it was true that Siddhartha Helped me lose my appreciation For things. You learn first … Continue reading

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Life, Love, and Leaving in Livingston, Texas (#poem #NaPoWriMo)

In a previous century my grandfather died Only weeks after my great uncle. A few weeks later, my grandmother Made a quick trip to the grocery store And returned to find her house in flames. Having lost her brother, husband, … Continue reading

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