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Missing Papaw

I wrote this over forty years ago, when my grandfather passed away. It was my first experience of death that close to me. At first, it seemed a bit personal to post on this site. But I decided that it's real, and someone out there may identify with the feelings.

A person died today.
One moment he was here.
The next, he was gone.
A breath…another…
And then…nothing.

You know, it’s like waiting for the other shoe to drop,
And then you realize, it’s not going to.

But the world just goes on like nothing’s happened.
Can’t they tell something’s missing?
A Life, a Force
An Entity totally separate from the body that held it,
Was here, and now it’s gone.

Won’t someone stop,
Just for a moment,
And miss it with me?