death of a loved one

Empty Spaces

Written by Susan Noyes Anderson on . Posted in Poems about Death

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Girl Among the Flowers, A Day in the Country
Artwork by Estelle Grundwald

Every day a hundred ways to know you are gone.
Sometimes, I can’t help but wish that I could move on.
You left me with so many spaces, so many empty places,
left me with so many spaces, too many empty places.

Moon fell out of orbit when your sun left the sky.
Now you’re the only star I see; I can’t say goodbye.
You left me with so many spaces, so many empty places,
left me with so many spaces, too many empty places.

Miss you every day with all my heart and my soul.
You left a space the size of you; please make me whole.
Come on and show me how to fill it; step in and help me fill it.
I don’t know if I can will it, need you to help me fill it.

Every day’s a million ways to know you are gone.
Loving you is what I do, don’t care to move on.
So I’ll just keep the empty spaces, visit the empty places,
find you in the empty spaces, fill up each empty place

with you.

If this poem resonated with you, you might also enjoy “Grieving Mother” and “Wishing You Home.”

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