This Loss by Michael Healy

This Loss

How can you say what has been, when you do not know,
How can you tell how it feels, when it does not show,
How can you say how it is, when you know not the cost,
How can you think you understand, when you have not this loss.
 
Let only those who really know speak of what has gone,
Yet they may also hide behind a simple phrase, ‘life must go on’.
The jagged stabs that knot inside, the hidden inner rage,
The tears that well, the pain that swells; such a young age.
 
Do not tell me you understand or that you really know,
Do not tell me how it feels, when it does not show,
Do not say how it is, when you know not the cost,
Please God you never understand the feeling of this loss.
 Michael Healy

Because I could not stop for Death by Pete Brammer

BECAUSE I COULD NOT STOP FOR DEATH

Because I could not stop for death,

The Grim Reaper got the sack,

For the devil duly sent for him,

As the sky turned, really black.

 

You see, the minute that my heart stopped,

My bladder gave up the ghost,

Being on an electric blanket,

I should have burned like toast.

 

But instead of electrocution,

The shock gave my heart a jolt,

Throwing my body out of bed,

Just like a thunderbolt.

 

It worked like a defibrillator,

I couldn’t get my breath,

So that is why, I had to say,

“I could not stop for death.”

Built on a famous first line