Skip to main content

Facing the ultimate truth

It's not easy to bid goodbye
to the soul who has left our side;

No words can soothe or aid
the person who's been bereaved 

A cruel reminder of the eternal truth-
after life, comes always death
leaves the griever in despair
asking God, "is it fair?" 

Denial, grief, anger and acceptance
all follow a natural succession

but he who leaves us to be with Him
tells us to be brave and strong within

It takes a while; 
only time can travel the mile
to teach the aggrieved to come alive,
and start again with a smile


  1. so true...a good one

  2. Sad but true :( Especially if it was untimely .. There can be nothing more cruel .. Even if it is expected because of something like a long illness, each person who departs leaves behind a huge gaping hole.

    1. yes, with untimely death, its more difficult to come to terms. Though, with a long illness, you are at peace somewhere knowing that this could be the best possible end. Either way, the void will be there.

  3. it never is easy to say good bye to anyone in my case ..

    great poem


    1. True, Bikram, final goodbyes are always difficult,

  4. Uma, lovely expression.. Very good..

  5. Loved the way you have embraced the whole thing. The last verse kept me hooked for a while especially.

    1. thank you, Keirthana..nice to see you here after long.

  6. So true yet difficult to accept and move on. Nice one.

  7. Lovely writing Uma! Hope the bereaved gets the strength to deal with it.

    1. thanks, Aparna..yes, I pray for her too!

  8. too good, very true


Post a Comment

Would love to hear from you :-)
Also, please click the subscribe by Email link below the comment form to get follow-up comments to your inbox..

Popular posts from this blog

Caffeinated attraction

Words jostled inside Anusha's head as she snaked her way between the tables to her favourite spot in the cozy cafe. She slid her laptop out, rested the bag beside her on the silver grey cushioned sofa and called for her favourite cappuccino. They made it just the way she preferred: the right amount of milk and coffee, the closest alternative to the filter kaapi her mom made.

Gazing out of the glass window, she sipped her beverage, letting the bitter-sweet taste linger, weighing her thoughts before her fingers could fly on the keyboard to give shape to them. The white fluffs of clouds against the clear blue skies floated gently with the summer breeze and they seemed, to the writer in her, like mischevious sheep that had strayed off the flock.

Oh, well, it's my mind that's straying now. Need to get my act right for my next submission. Anusha willed herself back to the present.

The cafe was Anusha's muse, the mecca she haunted during the weekends for the past three months…

Rotting humanity

Doc, there's an emergency!

The breaking news flashes the brutal carnage. Images and voices float in my mind as I drive in manic speed to the hospital.

Of sirens blazing. Of toys and limbs lying scattered on a carpet of red and brown.

Oxygen! I scream. Pump, harder.

Doc, there's no pulse.

Shoulders slump.

I witness grief fuse into flames that rise up collectively at the mass funeral. The ashes fall lightly on me.

Will the stench of hate ever recede?

*** Written for a prompt at

The wedding

Holding hands under the inky blue bejeweled canopy, they swore allegiance to each other. Bedecked in a brown shimmery, the translucent veil flowing away from her coy face, she looked up nervously at him. He replied with an imperceptible nod that spoke volumes of quiet reassurance.

Family and friends had gathered for the ceremony that would bind the two lovers for life. The atmosphere was electrifying and the air abuzz with each of them signaling to the other in a frenzy of activity. A huddle in here, a huddle there, some grouping for a light tete-a-tete, some to discuss an important ritual.

The younger lot broke away from the crowd, not entirely connecting with the significance of the gathering, their individual frames dotting the arena like lost stars.

At the precise moment that would signify the sacred union, the chief called for everyone's unwavering attention. The scattered swarm, even the ones that had strayed, converged obediently towards the altar. Each member of the audie…