Memories: A Poem of Grief and Hope

Very often, grief is expressed most poignantly in poems. The capacity for vivid description, for transmitting feeling, is central to poetry, and thus the poets of grief are given outlets to express both hope and pain in such a way that allows for readers to enter into the experience. I am not much of a poet, but I offer the poem below, written about 6 months after my wife Jennifer died. It is my hope that someone experiencing grief, right now, may enter into the poem and find themselves not alone. It is my prayer that we grieve with hope, that the “anchor holds.”         … [Read more...]

On the Birth of our First Grandchild

Flannery Mary Catherine Phillips entered this world on November 30, 2012. Her mother--our daughter, Elizabeth--turned 39 just nine days later. This long awaited gift from God arrived in Cambridge, England, so it was over two months before her grandmother and I could touch her. I was able to hold her; Janet, who would succumb to cancer only a few days later, was too weak. But they met--and they responded to each other.   I wrote the following poem around December 7, a week after the birth and a week before we got Janet's diagnosis.  … [Read more...]