Heartbreaking Tragic Loss

Heartbreaking tragic loss you suffer, my friend.

How to help you is preying on my mind, tugging at my heart.

Your loss of one so dear is a loss for both of us,

For a part of you went with your beloved sister.


Dear sister, you and your brother, are family to me.

If only you had been able to reach out for help,

To let someone know what we could not see

May your spirit find the peace that eluded you in life.


So young she was, so cherished by you, dearest friend.

Fear consumes me at this time, fear that I may lose you, too.

You are so far away, I cannot hold you as you cry,

Nor hear the pain in your voice, see a tear in your eye.


Stay strong, I pray for you, I hold you in my heart,

Though not in my arms where you should be at this time.

Let the tears come, cry for all the sorrow and hurt you feel.

I would dry your tears, rock you like my little child.


A child of the Universe you are, let me be the solace

You need, the comfort, the strength that has left you.

Let this heartbreaking loss not take you from me.

So far away, another country, yet close in spirit we are.


May our spirits be ever close to walk together,

On this journey we did not expect or see coming.

I will walk with you, every step of the way,

Through sadness, confusion, and the anger to come.


We will take on this battle together, hand in hand.

Do not let go, my beloved friend, nor stray off.

Tis a hard path for you, one you should not have.

I cannot make it easy, but I can be here for you.

heartbreaking loss
I will walk with you in spirit.

– For Steven

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I am an author on TCE and write mainly in poetry and short stories. I have always liked to write. It is important to me that writing comes from my heart and soul. When writing poetry, if I do not feel a spiritual connection to what I am writing on, I will discard it and go on to something I can connect with on a spiritual level. I live in the moment, I write from the past or beyond the veil. When writing fiction I go with whatever inspires me at the moment - it could be funny, sorrowful, romantic or sometimes done with the use of colloquial language from mountain folk or other cultural regions. I began writing content online in 2007, starting with BellaOnline - A Voice For Women, where I was the Native American Editor, Folklore & Mythology Editor, and the Appalachian Editor. I also wrote articles for The Examiner, Daily Two Cents, and Yahoo. I am currently an author on HubPages. Most of what I write takes a lot of research and I love it. Even if it is a fictional story, I will research for accuracy in whatever it takes to make my characters, their era, their location, etc. become realistic to the reader. I hope you enjoy my works. Thank you for visiting.

10 thoughts on “Heartbreaking Tragic Loss

  • May 18, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Phyllis I’m so sad to read this heart wrenching poem you penned for your good friend, who lost his sister. I pray that he will take as much strength from your close loving friendship as he possibly can at this very traumatic time. I know your spirit will be a guiding light for him. Even though distance lay between you, both your love and closeness will bind you together. Peace and blessings I send to you both this day.

  • May 18, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    So heartbreaking to read Phyllis and I know it must be so hard on you wanting to help so much. It is so hard even when we are close to help with this sort of pain but in distance it near impossible. I do hope your friend hears your words of and are comforted by them. Time seems the only true cure and even then, well we never forget those we love but the pain does ease. Bless you both.

  • May 18, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Thank you, Jackie. Yes, time does heal and the love will go to a quieter, more peaceful place. I wish my computer would still support Skype, then my friend and I could talk. Thanks again, Jackie.

  • May 19, 2016 at 5:13 AM

    A sad circumstance and so beautifully emoted in kindness and love for those who suffer the loss. A heart warming support and empathy for someone so close, yet so far away. Great sentiments Phyllis.

    • May 19, 2016 at 7:39 AM

      It is sad, Tony. He is like a nephew to me. It is good we are close in spirit, that helps both of us a lot. Thank you for your very kind words.

  • May 19, 2016 at 6:19 PM

    Oh Phyllis,

    I’m so sorry for all involved. Even though the pain is real, the poem was beautiful. I’m a believer in time. Times heals a myriad of unpleasant situations.

  • May 21, 2016 at 7:20 PM

    So very sorry for this loss. Your very poignant poem of comfort and encouragement to your friend is deeply moving.

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