A Right To Grieve

by Joan Serratelli

Please allow me

to grieve right now

allow me to cry and scream

and shake my fists

and question why

I know you have problems

we all do

but this is my time

to be selfish

I miss her so much

my heart aches so bad

I need you to understand

that I can't handle

anything else

Grief has taken over

lonliness has set in

I just want to hide

until this feeling goes away

But I need time

time to be selfish

time to try to focus

time to heal

But you can't seem to do it

your problems are more profound than mine

I just buried my Mother

you just can't let go

you rant and rave

over things that

don't matter

my mother is dead

she's not coming back

Your problems will

go away and be replaced

by others

I cannot get

another Mother

does that even bother you?


Author's Note: I deleted this by mistake!

Posted on 03/08/2009
Copyright © 2021 Joan Serratelli

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Charlie Morgan on 03/08/09 at 05:27 PM

...joan, this an applique of the very inner core o' mankind--and especially [in my eyes/heart] so as you explicate ala Sylvia Plath-ish, it IS SUCH AN INSIGHTFUL AND REAL, VERY REAL STATEMENT about how losing someone--is losing a part of yourself--and a personal lament that you laid-out is soooo descriptive of our inner pain[sometimes] we want to "hurt" alone; no one can help...and enter stage right is our faith in the Lord's love, all of a sudden it is not rhetoric, it's our road to recovery...so sorry for such a long narrative...your work here evokes many, many lovely memories of my Mom and Dad[my youthful life to early college days]...a dripping/gripping work, love the self-indulgence of what you speak...love it.

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 03/08/09 at 06:14 PM

Again you prove yourself to be a "straight-forward poet..I hope you are HEARD as well as read! Thanks.

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 03/11/09 at 12:41 PM

Grieving selfish at all. Selfish is whoever isn't paying attention to what's going on.

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 03/11/09 at 12:42 PM


Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 03/11/09 at 12:52 PM

(I meant to write _ I don't think that grieving is selfish at all.)

Love, Jill

Posted by Razel Davies on 03/12/09 at 04:40 PM

Very powerful. Grief of this magnitude is something that you have to deal with, no matter what. "that which is done out of love, is beyond good and evil.".

Posted by JJ Johnson on 03/13/09 at 04:48 AM

Joan, my father passed away two weeks ago tonight, so this really hits home. While I don't know exactly who this was written for, I went through this with my family, some who seemed more concerned with themselves rather than offering support for one another. Sometimes ya just gotta get it all out, esspecially when those you need the most are the ones who only want to be heard. So I got up and gave my own eulogy for my father at his funeral service. I might still write a poem for him, but right now it's still too close and painful. You have expressed yourself clearly and honestly. Nothing more can be asked of so profound a loss. Peace, JJ

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