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Where is he?
by Peter G. Engelman

Friday, November 16, 2007
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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I wrote this poem grieving for my son who passed away last December. It is written in a geometric pattern which adds emphasis as it builds in emotional intensity.

Where is he?


Where is he, the flesh of my

flesh, the soul of my soul?


God has taken him from me, and

I know not where or why.


I look for him every day, waiting

for a word, a sign, a familiar sound or sigh.


I look to the heavens and see white clouds drifting

ever so calmly; gentle winds aloft sculpt images of earthly

forms. I search deeply looking for a shadow of my son, but

he hides among the white wisps, in defiance of my stare.


I stand at his grave and peer into the emptiness below, waiting

patiently for a familiar voice or whisper. I struggle with a myriad

of thoughts that come all at once. My dry eyes well with emotion;

tears overflow and cascade off my cheeks, pitting the dry jagged dirt

that blankets my child’s final resting place.


I look to the right and see my own unmarked grave. It waits silently in repose,

beckoning me. In time, I will heed its call and lie side by side with my beloved son

and celebrate our reunion in the world to come.


Until then, I place a stone upon his stone and walk away bemoaning a life that ended

far too soon. If only I were able to roll back the clock; to spend just one more day with

him, but if not, one more hour, or even a minute, to embrace and to say ‘goodbye,’ just one

last time.


Terumah Publishing

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Reviewed by Linda Hill 8/26/2008
Another heartbreaking write, but writing about Steven will help you to heal. I've often wondered why does God take the good ones, the babies, the children. One day we will understand. In the meantime we are left to carry on. God be with you, dear man. I understand your pain.

Reviewed by RaeLynn Teller 11/17/2007
I have stood where you stand. No words will ever console the emptiness of the soul. Another author here on the den has told me, let the tears wash away the pain so only the goodness remains.

Until then, embrace the pain. A very real and tangible measure of your love and longing.

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 11/16/2007
Very profoundly sad write of the loss of your son. The many I know who have had their children die, leaves a void that can never be filled. May God shed his light and fill your soul with love and peace....

Be safe,
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