let ocean in
be periwinkle live
inside your shell
with your feet
to latch on to
shelter in place
pull a seaweed blanket
over your head
cleave to crevices
in rocks and boulders
13 thoughts on “When Grieving”
This was a articulate & beautiful synthesis of grief. I too had no idea how the periwinkle lives. Thank you Barbara
Beautiful, thank you.
Thank you Anne.
Such a moving and gentle encapsulation of grief, thank you Barbara
I appreciate your response to my poem Rebecca. It means a lot to me.
Wonderful, moving poem.
Thank you so much Pris. I am glad to know you found it moving.
Your explanation “About the Poem” provided me with some additional information about the sea snail, which in turn further enhanced my understanding of the piece.
I don’t think I’ve read a more perfect description of the grieving process; thank you for writing it.
Thank you Louis for sharing your reaction. The sea snail is so small, but is not helpless. I am so glad my poem touched you.
This is powerful.
Thank you for reading, and sharing your response.
Thank you Karen. I appreciate your reading my poem.