Posted: September 7, 2016 in Friday Fictioneers

I have been absent from Friday Fictioneers for about six months. In March I got the dreaded call, “It’s Mom, come quick” and flew to Denver, CO on the red-eye. My sisters and I stayed with our parents in the home we grew up in for three months helping Mom (92 years old) through hospice. She passed away in June. We resettled Dad (95 years old) in an assisted living home near my sisters in Eckert, CO. He died of a broken heart (I’m absolutely sure) on August 31st. Soon I will be returning to Denver for his funeral. So, if I remain spotty in reading your submissions, forgive me. Thanks for “listening”.


Her mother told her that time heals all wounds

Not the ones that shatter the heart
and leave edges so jagged
and raggedy
they refuse to fit back together
no matter how often a friend
or acquaintance
tries to stitch them back together
with a salve of words or an awkward and untimely hug

Without question
some wounds are meant to be left
on the edge of life
in the rarely visited crevices of the mind
to rise up ​to remind
the wounded that they are not healed
and never will be

  1. neilmacdon says:

    That’s raw and powerful

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  2. Oh Alicia! I was reluctant to hit the like button. Sending you a massive hug xx

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  3. I had no idea you were going through so much. my heart hurts for you. Both of my parents are gone now too. My mother died many years ago at the age of 59. A few years after that my father’s mother (my grandmother) died, she was 95. I held my father’s hand and said, “It doesn’t matter how old, it sucks when your mom dies.” Truer words I never spoke. {{Hugs}} to you for the loss of BOTH of your parents.

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  4. Oh, so wonderfully expressed. I too lost both my elderly parents this past January. Mom was ill and became very depressed. She chose to end her own life and Dad (with his own list ailments) insisted he would go with her. He wouldn’t be left behind alone. Your words bring a tear to my eye.

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  5. Dear Alicia,

    My heart goes out to you. And your poem is so well written and true. Sending hugs.



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  6. Iain Kelly says:

    Lovely, very touching words. I hope you and your family help each other through these difficult times.


  7. Morgan says:

    this one is powerful. well written!


  8. Alicia, first your story that touched my heart, and my thoughts are with you… then that poem… I’m sure you are right, it’s like a wound that never heals… but maybe we can get used to have scars instead of skin…

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  9. Graham Lawrence says:

    Like is, unfortunately, the only button of choice. I’m very touched by your story and I’m with you in thoughts for all that is going on in your life right now

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  10. A stunning piece of writing. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family xx

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  11. So sorry to hear about your loss.
    Sending you virtual hugs and prays for strength to smile beyond the present situation.
    Great story.

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  12. helenmidgley says:

    A powerful piece and so heartfelt for you at moment, sending thoughts and a smiley face 😉 (save it for later)

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  13. Amy Reese says:

    What a powerful piece, Alicia. My heart aches. I’m so sorry for your loss and all that you must be going through. If there’s anything I can do, please let me know. Big hugs. xo

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  14. draliman says:

    Great piece, and so sorry to hear about your parents. I was wondering where you were.

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  15. gahlearner says:

    Again, I’m so sorry. Losing both parents in such a short time must be extremely painful. Seeing them suffer for a long time is another kind of pain. Your story is powerful and true. Nothing can help when the pain is raw. Each scar is a piece of our lives.

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  16. Sandra says:

    This has been such a sad time for you. I knew you were missing from FF but it didn’t seem to be quite so long. It’s clear that your emotions are still raw. Wonderful stuff.

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  17. michael1148humphris says:

    Life has all manner of ways of testing us. I felt that both of my parents were invincible, Both being active and sharp in their 80’s, now they are gone.
    Time may change the nature of the pain, but those we loved are never forgotten by us. Thank you for your poem, and a hug to you and your family.

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  18. mjlstories says:

    I love your poem and recognise that feeling that the outside world wants you to get over the pain, to heal and get back to normal too, too quickly. Powerfully and beautifully put.
    Thinking of you and sending my love.

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  19. rgayer55 says:

    Like you, my parents lived into their nineties. We were blessed to have them so long, and mine were relatively healthy until the last couple of years of their lives. Some people complain about getting old, but it’s a privilege not everyone gets.

    Great poem. I could relate with the emotions.

    P.S. – feel free to diagram my sentences. 🙂

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  20. yarnspinnerr says:

    My condolences and its nice to have you back.

    A beautifully written piece.

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  21. YES, this is what early grief feels like. The edges become a little softer over time and that is a blessing. I hope you will be blessed with healing at whatever pace feels right.


  22. I know I will be. Thanks, Tracey.


  23. wmqcolby says:

    Heartfelt poem and many heartfelt condolences, Alicia, on the loss of your parents. I know it’s been rough for you and your family. You have been VERY missed by us. May their memories be for a blessing. “Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted.”

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  24. Michael Wynn says:

    Hard words to read but hope they’re cathartic for you to a small degree at least. Bravely written


  25. Wow! Tragically beautiful. I am so sorry to hear about your parents! But what a beautiful love they must have shared and what long lives they were given together.


  26. Dahlia says:

    So beautifully penned, brought a lump to my throat. My condolences on your loss. I recently lost my father – the practical side of me knew this was going to happen sooner or later but the emotional side just refuses to accept and move on. I try to keep the emotional side buried with practicalities but it manages to rear up at the oddest of times – like now. Take care.

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  27. I clicked ‘like’ because your poem is outstanding. It oozes the pain of heartache.
    I’m sorry for your loss. Death is never something we can prepare for. I hope you find comfort in your fond memories that will always be there. Blessings to you and your family.
    Isadora 😎

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  28. I’m so sorry you had to lose both your parents so close together. That’s rough. My dad died suddenly at age 83 of a heart attack during a nap in 1980. My mother died years later at almost 93 in 1994. We lost her gradually to Alheimer’s. It always hurts. That was years ago and I still miss them. I write about them and it helps. I see them also in our children. My prayers will be with you, Alicia. ❤ — Suzanne

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  29. Alice Audrey says:

    And yet I will offer a hug to you anyway because although the pieces may never fit together again, enough hug can blunt the jagged edges.

    Hugs for the loss of your parents.

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