Saturday, March 29, 2008

Wrapping Grief Week up with a Poem

Creative Corner Saturday
Week's theme: Grief

Note from JML: Writers are known for seeing pattens in other writer's work as well as in life itself. I saw a pattern of darkness first cast a shadow on my life about a year ago when my husband's grandpa died. The shadow continued to stick around for more than a year, overwhelming me some to say the least. Hopefully that shadow will drift away soon.

The parody below follows the trajectory of that shadow. It's based on a Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See?, a children's book by Bill Martin and Eric Carle. The poem below is more for adults. In the book, one voice calls out and is answered by a variety of animal voices throughout the book. The voice below is just mine. The question for the reaper is rhetorical.

A big thank you goes to those who supported me via their comments and/or to those of you who have not been afraid to keep reading this week. I'll go with something a bit lighter next. I promise.

Grim Reaper, Grim Reaper
What Do You See?

by Julie M. Lorenzen

Grim Reaper, Grim Reaper
What do you see?
I see our Grandpa
Ambling away with thee

Grim Reaper, Grim Reaper
What do you see?
I see the end of a favorite series
Starring H.P. and Ye

Grim Reaper, Grim Reaper,
What do you see?
I see a young Child
Sitting upon your knee

Grim Reaper, Grim Reaper
What do you see?
I see a handsome Australian Actor
Falling from life's tree

Grim Reaper, Grim Reaper
What do you see?
*I see two favorite Aunts
Being taken by thee

Grim Reaper, Grim Reaper
What do you see?
I see something Odd
Jumping from the sea

Grim Reaper, Grim Reaper
What do you see?
I see a skull-masked Motorcyclist
Scaring Me

Grim Reaper, Grim Reaper
What do you see?
I see Someone
Looking away from Frost's Wood--
a necessity

Grim Reaper, Grim Reaper
What do you see?
I see a Writer
Setting grief free.
___________________
Note: I'll be OK ; )

*I'm the niece of just one of those aunts

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