The Right Time

Within the four walls
memories stir, the smell
of cologne remains
poignant, the sound of
laughter echoes a favorite
tune, tears struggle to
be set free.

The closet’s belly stays 
nearly full after six months’
worth 
of grieving. Clothes
hang 
proudly as if he’ll
search 
for the right shirt
and matching 
pants for the
day’s 
activities, all hoping
to be 
chosen for the outing.
Shoes sit tightly for their
next walk like dogs eagerly
awaiting their master’s call.

Some belongings have
warmed 
the backs of those
in need. But 
emotion’s pull is
firm, so to surrender
 all
feels like a balloon slipping
through fingers, escaping
into the big blue, slowly
fading away…

Lauren Scott © 2018

 

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27 thoughts on “The Right Time

    • That must have been so hard, not only for him but also for you to watch. Everyone has their right time; it’s not the same for all. And letting go of a loved one is definitely not easy.

    • Thanks so much, Eric, for your very kind words. You’ve given me my Oscar on this sunny Monday morning! 🙂 Hope your Monday was a positive start to your week, too! Cheers!

  1. o poignant…. Feeling that someone´s presence slowly fades away is such a hard feeling. And the routine intensifies it as part of the grieving process. Great reading, dear Lauren…. sending love & best wishes ❤

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Aquileana. It’s all a part of life and time does heal, but letting go completely is difficult and heart-tugging. Sending love and hugs your way xo

  2. Beautiful and true – it’s easy to imagine keeping clothes around just for the smell of that person, and it would be terrifying to completely let go of all the reminders. We just have to remember that they’re always with us. Love and hugs!

    • Thanks so much, Sheila. It’s all a part of life, but hard, isn’t it? Missing their physical presence, the interaction, etc. tugs at the heart. But you’re right, they’re always with us in our hearts and in our memories. Love and hugs to you, too!

    • Hi Iris, it’s so good to see you! I happen to be online now but am signing off soon. Anyway, my dad passed away last August, so that was tough. He and Mom are together again, which is good, but it’s surreal not having any parents now. Also, my daughter had a rough time this month with her disease (can’t recall if you know about it). So that was difficult. But all is good for now, just plugging away, and thankful for so many things, too. My last post is happier. 🙂 Hope all is well with you. I’ll catch up on your blog later today. 💗

      • So sorry for your loss! ❤ I can imagine the feeling just a little, when my grandfather died two years ago; my father had lost both his parents too (my grandmother died about 8 years ago). Hope your daughter is doing better now (yes, I know about it)…
        I'm doing fine. A lot has changed lately, might probably write an update-post about it soon… 🙂

      • Thanks, and it’s a similar situation to yours. My mom died six years ago. One day at a time for us as her disease is ongoing. I hope you’re doing okay and will visit your blog later. Hugs and welcome back, my friend ❤️🌻

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