POEM

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After the Guest

By Gregory Orr
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This poem is a lovely portrayal of the slow process of healing after the death of a loved one--"it's no hungry ghost but simple cold."

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Oh Great Spirit

Metzger's poem is a stirring call on Spirit to help restore our relationships with other creatures, to restore our lives, and the world.

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Waking after the Surgery

Chatti, who bled uncontrollably for two years due to a tumor, writes a heartfelt, hopeful poem about finally healing from her trauma.

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Rock Me, Mercy

Komunyakaa wrote this poem the day after the Sandy Hook tragedy as a way of offering healing and compassion.

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For the Sake of Strangers

The kindness of others can save us.

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Salvage

What if we could forgive ourselves, love and appreciate our own bodies, and leave part hurt behind?

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After the Funeral

Bly describes a process of grieving encapsulated in poignant dreams.

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The Norwegian Grandson

A lyrical tableau of encapsulations of grief.

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Jerez at Easter

Robert Bly uses comparison to discuss the duality of life, including life and death.

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Song of Myself, 51

This poem about discovery, change, and transformation contains Whitman's arguably most famous lines: “Do I contradict myself? / Very well then I contradict myself, / (I am large, I contain multitudes.)”

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"The Sun Never Says"

This Hafiz-inspired poem by Daniel Ladinsky shows the nature of unconditional love and that selfless quality of really being able to love someone well.

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EXPLORE TOPIC

Grief