Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Welcomed Silence

The saving grace
of the funeral service
is rather than
the awkward volley
of stilted talk
with distant relatives,
it is perfectly
to sit silently,
and offer
a supportive smile.

In this rare,
welcomed silence,
it becomes
profoundly clear
there are
no words big enough,
no sentiment tender enough,

to explain
what has been done
to my 49 year old cousin,

Posted for Poets United .


  1. Oh, Buddah, yes. I shudder to think what has happened, but I will delve into your blog and see... whatever it was, I am so sorry. There is an exquisite pain that runs deep in families, cuts like a razor, wrings tears when you thought there were none left. Peace, my friend. Amy

    1. Thanks, Ameleh. My cousin died very unexpectedly day before yesterday. I'm dreading the funeral. Love Mosk

  2. This made me cry, Mosk. Perfect.

    1. Thanks, MZ. I haven't cried yet, but I suppose I will soon.

    2. Thanks, MZ. I haven't cried yet, but I suppose I will soon.

  3. I'm so heart breaks for you...I was going to say that sometimes that space of not needing to say words is a relief. I hope that there's healing hearts. ♥

  4. I m so sorry to hear about your cousin.. please accept my deepest condolences. Wish you peace.


  5. I am so sorry for your loss and there is a silence at these events. Sometimes there are no words, but a hug can go a long way. Wishing you peace in this difficult time.

  6. So sorry, Mosk. He is gone too soon. I agree, there are no words big enough...........

  7. Silence sometimes has bigger arms to hold us in comfort than any words can at times like this. May you feel that comfort in the coming days.

  8. I'm so sorry for your some moments a single word seems to be noisy...

  9. The silence is needed to even comprehend the loss, accepting it is a wholly different matter.

    Condolences for your loss.

  10. Yes. It's best to be speechless at times like this and listen to your emotions. My heart goes out to you and your family.

  11. Mosk - those are moments we all dread. For what can you say when someone has died too soon? Many hugs to you

  12. You got me feeling sad for Johnny and feeling like I was there at the funeral of silent smiles.