Give Me Peace

Give Me Peace

A Poem by Elsie Duggan

A poem about the anniversry of my husband's passing


Deep within my mind

is a thought thats spiraling

I am trying to push it back

somewhere in the depths of hell

back where it belongs

I don't do these dark things very well

But the time is coming closer

to things that I must face

I don't know how to do them

at least not at this pace

My loss is consuming me

twitching in my soul

I don't want to think about it

but it is out of my control

A year ago, I didn't know

what true hurting was about

I was naive and thought

I can ride this out

I never really dreamed

things would turn out as they did

I could see the signs so easily

but closed my eyes and hid

I was being tested

as I had been before

So many times in my life

I had lost track keeping score

But there always was that last reprieve

just behind the door

Not this time there wasn't

This dug into my core

I lost the security of knowing

that safe and lovely feeling

It flew away one night

and sent my heart a reeling

Why did this have to happen

I tried so hard to keep

the one I loved with me

Now I sit and weep

For some higher power

took all this from my hands

I had no say in this decision

no changing of the plans

What's next I keep on thinking

what's beyond that open door

should I venture through it

do I want to know the score

Or do I keep my eyes closed

as I did this time last year

and just hope for something in my heart

besides this dried up tear


© 2008 Elsie Duggan

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Wow Elsie....I could feel the pain, loss, & soul wrenching ache. I could not hold back the tear that escaped while I was entrenched in this read. I wish there was something I could say to fill the hole and ease the pain.. words fail me. I wish I could give you a hug.

Posted 13 Years Ago

Reading this, makes me feel awfully quiet and teaches me to cherish my loved ones before it is too late...

Posted 13 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This is a beautiful tribute, so moving!

There is nothing I can offer in the way of relief other than say "keep the sweet memories alive."

Peace to you, Wonderful Lady!

Posted 13 Years Ago

This is a very moving and poignant piece. I have much to learn from you...........

Posted 13 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Wonderfully penned. I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers go out to you. Thank you for sharing. Debileah

Posted 13 Years Ago

Elsie you have done this so very well. Each word is just right. Your tempo takes one on to the next line with anticipation and a little dread for the pain with which you are filled. You bring us with you. This must be a hurt that never ends. I admire you tremendously.

Posted 13 Years Ago

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Added on May 3, 2008


Elsie Duggan
Elsie Duggan

Wappingers Falls, NY

I am an 81 year old widow. I live with my 19 year old grandson , my daughter's son who passed away in 2003, as a result of an auto accident . I love to write poetry and enjoy writing memoirs also.. more..


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