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My daughter died at the age of twenty, having succumbed to the temptation of drink and drugs. In the eyes of the world she was an adult, but to me she was still my precious little girl. During that first year following her death, I wrote almost forty poems, which describe my attempt at coming to terms with her loss through the medium of poetry. This is one of them, called 'How do you do?'

How do you describe an empty heart

Or a mind that will not sleep?

How do you measure the depth of pain

Or the volume of tears that weep?

How do you find new direction

When life's compass has no reference points?

How do you energise listless limbs

With death's arthritic joints?

How do you see the future

Through a lens of opaque glass?

How do you reconcile her name

On a plaque of tarnished brass?

How do you rekindle interest

In a life that was complete?

How you overcome loss and pain

And the desire for social retreat?

How do you explain to those you know

The pretence that you have to project?

How do you smile when expected to

But your facial muscles object?

How do you trust a God you once knew

Or the power of goodness and prayer?

How you put your faith in his hands

When those hands threw the switch of despair?

How do you absorb the colours of Spring

Through eyes that see only black?

How do you control the endless pain

Of wishing she was back?

For those interested in the other poems I wrote, please visit my website at www.windowpains.org

David T. Kerry

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Thank you David. The poem is beautiful. I cried when I read it. I have tried over and over again to explain to my friends who have never experienced a loss how it feels. This sums it up. It's life without my Mom. Thanks again for sharing. I am sorry about your precious daughter.

Missing my Mom,

Trudy

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I just (finally) read your poem, David, and was brought to tears by its eloquence. I especially could relate to these lines:

"How do you rekindle interest

In a life that was complete?", and these:

"How do you absorb the colours of Spring

Through eyes that see only black?

How do you control the endless pain

Of wishing she was back?"

You said it! (I'll be visiting your site soon, too, to read more)

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Hi Maylissa,

Thank you for your interest in my site. The address is correct, but as has been suggested by someone with more computer knowledge than me, try including the prefix http:// in the address, so as to read http://windowpains.org

Best wishes - David

David,

I just tried your website, and it came back asking if I'd meant windowpanes.org, so I tried that, and it said it was still under construction. Is the addy correct?

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