The following entries (from beginning runner to half marathon finisher) represents a continuing journey of tremendous grief and sorrow, and of transformation - largely through the therapeutic power of running. The sorrow that has broken my heart open wide has in time allowed me to experience the beauty of being in the present moment. And of course, without the support of family and friends to guide me, I would not have made it this far.

If you have lost someone in your life, I offer these words and verse (some Kristy's, some mine and others) with the hope it may touch your heart and help you heal.

Friday, July 31, 2009


Kristy and Jack 2008

To my friends and family: Please do not take this poem personally. It was written with but one person in mind. This is part of the clutch of poems I wrote yesterday in a fit of honest emotion. They show feelings I have not dared to voice. I am just hoping it may help others know they are not alone. When I heard the poems of the woman who lost her daughter 6 years ago I realized I was not alone in my thoughts and it comforted me.

Please talk about her
Please say her name
This doesn't hurt me
This doesn't give me pain

If ever you want to know
How to make me smile
Tell me how you loved her
Let me see her for awhile

I see you don't have time
To ask how things have been
She was a part of you, you say
So how can you defend

The fact you don't have time
Although you loved her so
For we are but a link you see
Leaving me is letting her go

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