RoseAnn V. Shawiak

Gold Star - 40,592 Points (October 6,1950 / New Jersey)

Life's Black Curtains - Poem by RoseAnn V. Shawiak

Lost and alone, thoughts at a distance, heart heavy
with sorrow.

Touched deeply by your life, not wanting to let go,
yet knowing I must.

In my heart forever, indelibly printed on my soul,
etched in memory's mind.

Touched frequently by the tears of your loss, trying
to hold them as tiny reminders of what we used to have.

They disappear, never become tangible so I may keep them
like a treasure of your love.

With love, I will remember you all my life, for you are
a part and parcel of what we had.

Sharing now that you are no longer here is difficult - I
hear only the constant echoes of your silence.

Walking away from our favorite places, I leave a little
of self behind each time - soon there will be nothing
left of me.

Wanting to reach out and grasp again what we once had
is an empty gesture, filled with pain and emptiness,
because you are not here to reach out to me.

Our relationship on earth will never be, it has been
severed by death's insistence in our lives.

Listening to you with my heart, seeing your reply in
the salted tears that continue to fall.

Your life was called and you answered fully, not leaving
anything behind.

Our story is not over as long as I still remember you with

Taking down the black curtains, life is still being lived
on earth.

Comments about Life's Black Curtains by RoseAnn V. Shawiak

  • Rookie - 407 Points Aaron Henley (8/25/2015 9:25:00 PM)

    My hairs on my arms rose, mind blowing! ! One of the best I have read online x (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 6 Points Aron Lelei (8/20/2015 8:25:00 AM)

    It is in death that we remember that the person who has gone on was valuable. Such a touching piece. Kudos. A ten for it (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 65 Points Mark Walters (8/6/2015 8:26:00 AM)

    That's very touching. Death is no respected of persons. I am sorry for your loss! God Bless You! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,574 Points Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (8/3/2015 10:26:00 PM)

    Such an emotional poem, Roseann. It tugs at the heartstrings. Deep sorrow for the loss of the beloved is so well portrayed in this poem. Lost and alone! Brought tears into my eyes. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,269 Points Thomas Case (7/31/2015 10:10:00 AM)

    Fantastic poem about love and loss. You evoke much emotion with your words. Good job. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,461 Points Nyota Yasulwe (7/31/2015 2:23:00 AM)

    Love is the greatest and it lives beyond our mortal existence. Good poem! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,251 Points Patricia Grantham (7/28/2015 8:13:00 PM)

    So nicely written and most heartfelt. Love is the essence of life.
    Your poem resonates with echoes of sweetness. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 497 Points Sanjibsaha Aniketa (7/7/2015 8:48:00 AM)

    What a great poem! In Indian philosophy love never dies, rather it persists at least for seven generations, if you believe. Your poem reflects the ancient believe. Brilliant! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 497 Points Sanjibsaha Aniketa (7/7/2015 8:41:00 AM)

    What a great poem! In Indian philosophy, love never die. It persists at least for seven generations, if you you believe. Some lines of this poem - our story is not over as long as I still remember you with love....... (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,969 Points Clarence Prince (6/2/2015 7:52:00 AM)

    A great tribute to lost loved one!
    But, Taking down the black curtains,
    Life is still being lived on earth.
    Well done, RoseAnn! (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,867 Points Bill Galvin (6/2/2015 2:00:00 AM)

    Thank you very much for these words. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 6,168 Points Howard 'the motivational poet' Simon (5/22/2015 4:34:00 PM)

    Pregnant with pain yet ready to birth hope in the midst of loneliness and loss. A towering therapeutic tribute to a love that lives after death! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,921 Points Daniel Brick (5/5/2015 1:55:00 PM)

    I read comments by Susan Lacovara, Colleen Courtney and Valsa George and I am in total agreement with what they wrote. The passage about leaving a piece of self behind and realizing you will eventually have nothing left to leave is an powerful expression of a grief that cannot be assuaged, only endured. A poem like this so full of the reality of loss may clear a space in your heart where some peace of soul can settle. Because you are faithfully fulfilling our most important duty toward our dead loved ones: to NEVER forget them! (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,665 Points Hannington Mumo (4/25/2015 9:02:00 AM)

    Great work laced with heavy emotions. I rate it 10/10... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 52,344 Points Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (2/2/2015 2:10:00 AM)

    A fine display of contemporary free-verse...Last line exclamates the verve and thunder of the work as a whole.
    ~FjR~ (Report) Reply

  • Bronze Star - 2,647 Points john tiong chunghoo (12/20/2014 11:47:00 PM)

    love this RoseAnn
    Walking away from our favorite places, I leave a little
    of self behind each time - soon there will be nothing
    left of me. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 170 Points Anujan Raja (11/5/2014 7:09:00 PM)

    I can well feel what you (the poet) might have felt when you lost your love, you express delicate feelings so beautifully.Constant echoes of silence - what a poetic way of capturing your feelings. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 38,318 Points Akhtar Jawad (8/29/2014 7:01:00 AM)

    When a loved one departs and goes to a place of no return, his love and his memories remain and result in such beautifully wrote poems touching the hearts. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 30,755 Points Valsa George (8/3/2014 11:45:00 PM)

    There are moments in life when we have to surrender completely before the unquestionable fate! A life lived in joy in mutual companionship, when suddenly gets darkened with the departure of one to a land from where there is no return, life gets clouded and lonely! Yet..... the story is not over! There is hope, courage, joy and love in this realization!
    I can hear the silent sobbing of a bereaved soul here! Great write! A 10 (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 197 Points Kirti Sharma (7/12/2014 9:30:00 AM)

    Your life was called and you answered fully, not
    anything behind.

    amazing....! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 25, 2014

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