October 1, 2013 - April 23, 2018


we too have grieved

as you

have mourned great loss

as you

have wept the long dark hours

as you


your hundreds round you gather

help you shed your tears

harsh pain shared, is less

for the moment, at least

we did not share

could not share, our grief

with those who never knew


we two have grieved

unlike you

mourned a loss unknown

unlike you

have wept the long dark hours



you have met yours whom you grieve

none knew ours was near

we never held her tight

could not name her the name

wed planned, or him

had no chance to say

“Good bye,

God speed you to your home”


we have suffered pain unknown

as the words

“You should start a family”

birthed, eyes cast downward, the hushed

“We did”


unlike you

none knew, or knows

unlike you

we grieved

and grieve



We Too Have Grieved
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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