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Getting There

I felt fortunate to arrive here
with the experience of many trips around our sun
I was missing some pieces though

In this place, I have my collection
of the departed, those I miss dearly
All that they were
and all they would ever be,
revisited over and over
in the realm of grief

But grief has a better purpose,
though it takes its' time to reveal itself
Ambling through my emotions, as it will

Accompanying me on a journey to acceptance
Teaching me to tend to my own heart
without those who are no longer here

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Good poem. Rings true. The title: really interesting choice. On the journey of life there’s only getting there. Goals but no finish line.

Great job,

Goals but no finish line - exactly! Thanks RA.


Michael Anthony

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how many holes can a heart sustain before it shreds into fragments? before it cannot go on? if you know the answer to that question, I'd appreciate you sharing it with me. my heart resembles Swiss cheese. Jess(my beloved elf) Ian, Moonman etc. I miss them terribly. good poem.

*hugs, Cat

Does anyone remember (the) Professor?

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And reply in kind, thanks.

Sadly, I cannot give you the answers to your questions. All I can do is offer this modest poem. Great questions though, and many of us are still doing the rearch for answers ; ) Glad you enjoyed this - thank you!


Michael Anthony

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Greetings, Michael!

Your title seems perfect for your poem. I love the transition from feeling fortunate, yet aware that something was missing. Grief, though it is horrible, seems to open our hearts to the purest form of acceptance of our own mortality, and the greatest level of gratitude for those we lost. The way you described grief as in a realm is wonderful - it has so many layers and sensations. "Getting There" is definitely about figuring out how to tend to our own hearts, though I'm not certain we ever truly arrive. The ending may feel a bit lonely, but I do sense there is also a spark of hope. Beautiful.

Thank you!


I enjoyed reading your thoughts on this piece L, and THANK YOU for sharing them! I'm glad you liked it.


Michael Anthony

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