Losing Mikey

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Death came out of nowhere, grief arcing across a bright blue autumn sky.
Your mother rocks in her chair, empty-armed, shattered.
Your father tightens doorknobs, oils hinges, mends tools, fixes every broken thing he can find.
It’s like watching a stunt plane in a spiraling dive,
bracing for a crash.
I steal the faucet washers.

~Nara Malone

This post was written for G-Man's Friday Flash 55. See what other participants wrote here.


  1. man...losing a kid would rock my world. its actually one of my greatest fears...nighmares and all...tight 55 though. intrigued by that last line...

  2. Gotta keep him busy. As long as he's busy he's still in the air.

  3. nara malone?
    That was very riveting!!
    Thanks for returning to the 55 fold...You rock!
    Have a Kick Ass Week-End, and God Bless America!

  4. This is intense. A great 55. Thanks for stopping by to read mine. It brought me here which was a very good thing. I like good things.

  5. Nora, thanks for your visit so I could find you! And you put down a sad "55" in a way that didn't make me cry, yet grasp fully the horror of losing a child.

    Masterful, woman. Thank you. It is almost as if your blog has been hiding itself from me--seems as if everybody else "knows" you.

    i am happy to be here, and will be BACH....

  6. This is shattering drama! The desperate need to "fix" things enhances the desperate helplessness running amok inside everyone touched by tragedy! A beautiful piece of writing!

  7. Every parents worst nightmare... and this is exactly how most of us would respond, now finding that we've lost our purpose. Well done!

  8. What a vivid portrayal of how people try to deal with the loss of a loved one, especially how the dad tried to repair his broken heart by fixing every broken thing in the house.

  9. Very deep and very powerful my friend. Well done. Have a great weekend :)

  10. Beautifully observed and very touching.

  11. Thanks for the thoughtful feedback everyone. I enjoy the Friday 55's and learn so much reading other blogs and from the feedback here. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend and a great 4th for everyone here in the U.S.

    Welcome steveroni and Monkey Man...glad you enjoyed your visit.

  12. You have a true gift. Thank you for sharing this lovely, if heartrending, poem.


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