Comfort (One Deep Breath)

24 Jul

My father-in-law ended his battle with cancer yesterday.  So this prompt is very timely for me, as well.  Perhaps too timely but here are some thoughts on comfort in tanka form.

 A small, thoughtful touch
Some well-chosen, loving words
Offerings of food
Balance the need to comfort
With the need to grieve alone

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15 Responses to “Comfort (One Deep Breath)”

  1. Brian 24 July, 2007 at 5:38 am #

    I offer my condolences to you. Your words speak to all of us.

  2. Regina Clare Jane 24 July, 2007 at 6:18 am #

    Oh my goodness- I am so sorry for your loss. We are all touched by the death of loved ones… a very beautiful tanka…

  3. Clare 24 July, 2007 at 7:05 am #

    I am so sorry about your father-in-law. I’m sending you a hug. Your words are beautiful and really well said, very heartfelt.

  4. Sioux 24 July, 2007 at 7:25 am #

    So well said! Bless you and your family.

  5. Patricia (a/k/a Roswila) 24 July, 2007 at 8:11 am #

    My sympathy to your and yours. Yes, it’s a delicate balance, isn’t it?

  6. Crafty Green Poet 24 July, 2007 at 8:32 am #

    Sorry for your loss, and yes it is a delicate balance..

  7. Marcia (MeeAugraphie) 24 July, 2007 at 8:37 am #

    You have expressed the truth of grieving beautifully. I am so sorry about your father-in-law. I hope your memories are many to wrap around you all.

  8. Quietpaths 24 July, 2007 at 9:56 am #

    Very well said. You bring in so many facets to this very delicate prompt.

  9. Rae Trigg 24 July, 2007 at 2:50 pm #

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Your tanka is lovely and does a beautiful job of expressing some of the complicated emotions surrounding death.

  10. Jemima von Schindelberg 25 July, 2007 at 6:59 am #

    Well you’ve summed up exactly where I’m at. all true. also sorry for your loss.

  11. Pearl 25 July, 2007 at 2:06 pm #

    Sorry to hear of the loss. Social and solitude help as you say.

  12. jem 26 July, 2007 at 2:47 am #

    You raise an interesting and valid point towards the end. The need for self comfort as well as that given by others. Well said.

  13. patois 27 July, 2007 at 12:31 pm #

    Oh, you’re so on target. I hope you find the balance for you and your spouse. A beautiful poem from the depths of grief.

  14. nancy bea 28 July, 2007 at 12:01 pm #

    I’m so sorry for your loss! What beautiful, wise words you wrote.

  15. tumblewords 30 July, 2007 at 11:05 am #

    So sorry.
    Your words were lovely.

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