Monthly Archives: August 2019

If Only… AfterTalk Inspirational 8.29.19

If Only I thought of you today not fleeting snapshots, but long reflections. Clear pictures in my memory, stored in baggies to keep them safe. Your dwindling voice fades like a sunset, barely there. I thought of you today as I wiped away tears, that come unannounced. The day you disappeared, the day he said

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Old Age: AfterTalk Inspirational 8.22.19

Editor’s Note: this is a poem by Bette Korman, artist, author, poet, museum director, and spiritual entrepreneur. Although it does not directly reference grieving for loved one, it will resonate for widows and widowers of a certain age.  “ Old Age”………. patterns that fall apart and can’t be sewn back together because the fabric has

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How Will I Breathe? AfterTalk Inspirational 8.15.19

How Will I Breathe?   Where did he go, this brother of mine? Strong with his opinions, his voice, his presence.   In his place, a mere shadow, not even a good likeness. And yet, when I look deeply into weary eyes, I see the one who shared my life for all my life.  

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Before he died: Clear-Cut by Chanel Brenner: AfterTalk Inspirational 8.8.19

by Chanel Brenner  It falls from my binder, cherry crayon streaks ripen in sun, LOVE RILEY—   a valentine from my son, three weeks before he died,   cutout paper once a tree, before its felling and reduction to pulp.   I pick up the heart, hold it like a seed I’ll save   to

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