March 3 – March 17

For Hedge’s 55 and Poets United

March 3 – March 17
March is the cruelest month –
I disagree with my favorite poet,
But then, he did not lose
Grandmotherfathergrandfather
in the same month of the same year –
From lugubrious third to sad seventeenth –
Funerals abounded
Funeral meals fed
Funeral flowers scented the house –
Funeral I’m sorry cards piled up
like spring snow
or dead cherry blossoms

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. annell4
    Mar 18, 2018 @ 16:00:14

    Yes, our own experiences do make a difference. We walk alone through cherry blossoms, too soon they fall to the ground. Too soon, we hardly knew you.

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  2. kim881
    Mar 18, 2018 @ 16:07:12

    Oh Toni, such loss is a lot to contend with, especially when this March has been pretty damn cruel anyway. It will be over soon and April will be easier.

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  3. ZQ
    Mar 18, 2018 @ 17:09:31

    Sad Month…

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  4. Vivian Zems
    Mar 18, 2018 @ 18:30:28

    So , so sad , Toni. I can’t even begin to imagine what that must have been like. Kudos to you for remaining on your feet.

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  5. sanaarizvi
    Mar 18, 2018 @ 18:49:30

    Oh my god 😦 i m so sorry Toni! Hugs. Please accept my deepest condolences. It’s not easy to bear such loss and that too of ones so close.

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  6. Mary
    Mar 18, 2018 @ 18:52:22

    Toni, how difficult to lose so many close people in one month. One death would be difficult but three within a few months would be almost unbearable. So sorry.

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  7. hedgewitch
    Mar 18, 2018 @ 19:14:55

    An excellent capture of a time and mood; of that overwhelming tide which is grief you can’t take in all at once–and three times over….I’m sure its something one could never be able to forget. Thanks for participating this weekend, Toni, even if the memories are not sweet as spring flowers.

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  8. Sherry Marr
    Mar 18, 2018 @ 21:29:25

    Oh, Toni, that is terribly hard, to lose three dear ones in the same month. Yes, March must be the cruelest month after all.

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  9. dsnake1
    Mar 19, 2018 @ 04:27:07

    So sorry, It is a difficult month, to lose three dear ones.
    Stay strong!

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  10. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 19, 2018 @ 05:17:06

    I think March is a month with so many changes… so many die, but it’s also the month with the most new-born… then it’s a month when daylight shifts the most — i think the connection to death and birth is not strange. To me March would be the month for the new year like they have in Persia.

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  11. Susan
    Mar 19, 2018 @ 06:20:59

    Oh, those cards of March! The images of snow and blossoms capture the edge of them as friends acknowledge our grief.

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  12. sarahsouthwest
    Mar 19, 2018 @ 06:37:15

    That final image is so striking.

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  13. merrildsmith
    Mar 19, 2018 @ 08:00:11

    So poignant—the overwhelming of grief piled high, and your words of snow and cherry blossoms–life and death. That seems to be what March is all about.
    That must have been an awful time for you. I’m so sorry.

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  14. Donna@LivingFromHappiness
    Mar 19, 2018 @ 13:48:01

    Such a loss can bring almost unbearable and unending grief…I am sorry for your loss…it is a deep grief.

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  15. hypercryptical
    Mar 21, 2018 @ 10:38:41

    How poignant your heartfelt words Toni, and sad am I for your losses and the pain the grief this has caused you.
    Please accept my condolences and massive hugs sent too. My thoughts are with you.
    Anna

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