Friday Fun Poetry Challenge: Afraid and Grave (Synonyms Only)

This feature was created by Colleen Chesebro. This week’s words are “afraid” and “grave.” I’m giving you a two-for-one special on Tankas today. The following reflects my fear of death and my longing to be with my late husband. You’ll note that instead of “afraid,” I use “fearful,” and instead of “grave” I use “burial place.”

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Fearful of being

laid in a burial place

and never wanting

my dead body to be burned,

I am just staying alive.

 

Yet the one I love

Lies alone under the ground.

If I lay with him,

Oh, would we be together

in death as we were in life?

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Author Abbie Johnson Taylor

We Shall Overcome

How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

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Saturday song: Breath of Heaven by Amy Grant

I’m not sure when this came out, but when I first heard it in 2005, I was captivated. Most sacred Christmas carols are about the joy and celebration surrounding the birth of Christ, but not many people have considered how the Virgin Mary felt upon learning she was pregnant with the Messiah. At first, not even Joseph believed that God was the father of her child. Can you imagine how that would feel?

In 2006 after my late husband Bill suffered his first stroke, this song kept going through my head. I realized that it was because I could identify with Mary. Although I wasn’t a virgin pregnant with the Son of God and considered a hor by family, friends, and even the man I loved, I still felt alone and afraid with an uncertain future because Bill was so changed after his stroke, and we weren’t sure if he would walk again.

You can read more of our story in My Ideal Partner. Meanwhile, if you haven’t heard this song before, I hope it resonates with you as it did with me.

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Author Abbie Johnson Taylor

We Shall Overcome

How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver

That’s Life: New and Selected Poems

My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds

Click to hear an audio trailer.

Like me on Facebook.

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