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Back in centre just for a moment
In that moment when you learn
A parent has passed away, died
“How was that?” I ask … Reply

Policeman at the door no need to say
Knowing the content of his message
Dad’s death unexpected as it was
Had come and gone just like that

Glad to have seen her one last time
To have sanctioned her last request
To stop eating and be left in peace
Her right to dignity – Bugger the Law

Should I have felt more? Whatever
I felt what I felt … Not that much
“For better, for worse” their words
I not here to fill up empty dreams

I guess I’m up next then whenever
In the meantime these days slip by
Neither wholly sweet nor bitter
Simply days preceding more days

About Ben Naga

The Spirit that graces me with its passing has no name and stems not from thoughts and words, though it gathers them up as it flows, but from feeling.

Posted on February 20, 2019, in Poetry and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 39 Comments.

  1. I’ve been trying to add a little sugar to daily coffee-like routine….something I think we can all do…be well my friend.

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  2. We are all orphans…

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  3. These seem very personal words. Thank you for sharing. The way I see it, those that come before do what they do so we can enjoy our days for as long as they come.

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    • I have looked at so many people who marry and have children at least in part because they haven’t been shown real inviting alternative. “This is the way to do your life.” It’s the Barbie And Ken syndrome.

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  4. Ben, your words touch deep. Trying to walk the right path with Jennifer right now. It is not easy, even with all the love and best intentions in the universe. I’ll e-mail more… ❤

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  5. Poignant words my friend..

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  6. Try a walk in the woods when times are tough. It’s amazing what it can do for you.


  7. Ben, I feel this one deeply…. empathizing, resonating, and caring very much. 🌹❤️

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