Living Death

Living Death

This pain of mine cannot be denied
My anger chooses not to bargain
As I sink into the lows of depression
I cling hopelessly to the habits 
formed by your dysfunction
My crippled heart beats
to the sound of a broken drum
Acceptance is my demise
because each day I die a little death

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Lisa is hosting Tuesday Poetics at D'Verse and has prompted us with
the book On Death and Dying by Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. In her book
she says the five stages of grief are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression,
and acceptance.  We can choose one or more of the stages in our poem.

  34 comments for “Living Death

  1. May 13, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    A pleasure to delight myself with the reading of your well conceived verses.
    Receive an affectionate embrace of friendship from Peru.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 14, 2022 at 10:16 am

      Thank you! I’m so happy you liked it ☺️

      • May 14, 2022 at 2:09 pm

        It is a pleasure to read you. 😃

      • Christine Bolton
        May 15, 2022 at 11:55 pm


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  2. May 7, 2022 at 1:11 am

    It’s beautifully put together.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 7, 2022 at 4:05 pm

      Thank you so much ☺️

  3. May 5, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    I felt sad reading your beautifully composed poetry …. cannot imagine going thru this life without the kind of emotion you describe. Be well.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 6, 2022 at 9:07 am

      Thanks Helen. All is well ☺️💕

  4. May 5, 2022 at 3:14 am

    Heart touching words💞

    • Christine Bolton
      May 5, 2022 at 8:42 am

      Thank you ☺️

  5. May 4, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Wow, what a hard-hitting poem is this one Christine! Well done. Lynn

    • Christine Bolton
      May 4, 2022 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks Lynn 💕☺️. I appreciate it 👍

  6. May 4, 2022 at 5:06 pm

    Well….you went straight and narrow there…tragic to read….very difficult….to the last crushing conclusion….

    • Christine Bolton
      May 4, 2022 at 10:35 pm

      Oh dear, I’m sorry it was so tragic. I didn’t know what to write really so I included all the stages rather than just one. I thought of a person trapped in a difficult relationship.

  7. danadampier
    May 4, 2022 at 4:45 pm

    “because each day I die a little death”
    I get it. It’s tragic how some make it out of this routine… and some don’t.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 4, 2022 at 10:36 pm

      Yes Dan, so true. Easy for some to escape, others not so much.

  8. May 4, 2022 at 2:00 pm

    Christine, I’m bowled over by the raw emotion you share in your poem. The person who is trapped in a living death is in perhaps the most profoundly sad place of all 🙁

    • Christine Bolton
      May 4, 2022 at 10:49 pm

      Thank you Lisa. I just followed your suggestion of maybe using more than one stage in our poem and it came together. ☺️💕

      • May 5, 2022 at 12:17 am

        You’re most welcome, Christine. It worked very well <3

  9. May 4, 2022 at 11:09 am

    Your pain is very real! Anger over loss is not an easy thing to displace. It is like an unwelcomed friend who drops in all to often! Well done!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 4, 2022 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you Dwight. I appreciate it ☺️

      • May 4, 2022 at 5:13 pm

        You are welcome!

  10. May 4, 2022 at 4:41 am

    wow. you took the whole journey and created such a cohesive piece. good one.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 4, 2022 at 8:43 am

      Thank you so much! ☺️💕

  11. May 4, 2022 at 4:23 am

    You touched upon all the stages very skillfully, Christine!

    • Christine Bolton
      May 4, 2022 at 8:46 am

      Thanks Punam. There are all kinds of ‘living deaths’. We don’t always see them or know about them, do we? Your incredible poem opened the eyes of many I’m sure 😢

  12. May 4, 2022 at 3:00 am

    Succinctly put.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 6, 2022 at 9:06 am

      Thank you ☺️

  13. May 4, 2022 at 12:24 am

    You weave in all the stages so beautifully.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 4, 2022 at 8:47 am

      Thanks Reena ☺️💕

  14. May 3, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    You’ve captured the feeling so well Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      May 3, 2022 at 11:59 pm

      Thank you Sadje, much appreciated. I had trouble with this prompt 🙃

      • May 4, 2022 at 12:11 am

        You’re welcome! It is a difficult prompt to write to.

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