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Ivan Shishkin painting of forest

Poem: For One Bereaved

Jane Tyson Clement

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Stem and leaf and bud and flower,
growth perceptible each hour
to eyes slow enough to see.

Healing in the shattered bone
until each separate cell has grown
back to weight-bearing constancy.

The heart mends slowly, day by day,
not by man’s wit, but in love’s way,
rich-laden with the past, yet free.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ivan Shishkin painting of forest Ivan Shishkin, Forest Reserve
Contributed By Jane Tyson Clement Jane Tyson Clement

Jane Tyson Clement (1917–2000) was a poet, writer, schoolteacher, and mother of seven.

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