The Logic of Loss

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A phone call

A message you did not expect

Words that you hear but cannot detect

A voice flat with grief that explains to you

That an awful nightmare has just come true

You are smacked in the chest by a two ton truck

But somehow you only felt numb as it struck

The logic of loss begins to descend

You live and you die, you begin and you end

It’s cold and it’s true and it helps you process

But what should you feel in the midst of this mess?

One day they are with you, the next they are not

No warning to tell you the time that you’ve got

Oddly your day proceeds just as before

Except you don’t know what to feel anymore

You speak with your family, explain to your friends

The typical things when a loved one’s life ends

They don’t really help and they all seem cliche’

As if a few words will make it go away

You struggle for memories to play on repeat

To ingrain every detail, both bitter and sweet

For now they are all that will truly remain

The memories will help you to grieve through the pain

For most there’s no hope in the wake of such loss

But I know there’s hope at the foot of the Cross

You live and you die, but that is not the end

For death is undone by the blood of the Lamb

For Philip, I know he is wrapped in the arms

Of his Saviour and King with no fear or alarms

For God in his goodness breathed life into him

And I know one day I shall see him again

 

dedicated to the family of Philip Smith, and in his loving memory

 

~j.d.schofield

 

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4 responses to “The Logic of Loss

  1. Thank you for putting ‘my thoughts’ into poetry at a time too difficult for me to express. You have been given the gift of writing just like your grandpa Smith who with Philip now enjoys the presence of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ. Thankfully, there is no “untimely” death with the sovereign omniscient God of the universe who rules and reigns in and over all. Though my heart grieves at the loss I find comfort in this: 2Co 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
    2Co 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
    2Co 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
    2Co 1:6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.2Co 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
    2Co 1:4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
    2Co 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
    2Co 1:6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
    2Co 1:7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
    2Co 1:8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
    2Co 1:9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
    2Co 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
    2Co 1:11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.
    2Co 1:7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
    2Co 1:8 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
    2Co 1:9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
    2Co 1:10 Who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver: in whom we trust that he will yet deliver us;
    2Co 1:11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

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