“Acquainted With Grief”

Emily Dickinson 1847 portrait

Emily Dickinson expresses the truth about grief as poignantly as any writer I know. In fact Anne Morrow Lindbergh used the line “Hour of Lead” when she wrote about the kidnapping and murder of her first child. I especially like the central section where she articulates our ability to keep going but in a pretty mechanical way when we are hit by grief.

I have been away from the blog for a while as I have been dealing with the grief that came up as our beloved dog died. While losing a valued pet is deeply sad, old submerged grief finds a way to piggy-back on a current opportunity, hoping that it will get a chance to be aired. That has happened to me. I am slowly regaining my footing and will begin to write again on a pretty regular basis. I miss the interaction and love when it is a big part of my life. Clearly I missed some of your posts. If there is something I really ought to know that happened in the last three weeks (a death, a marriage, a move, etc.) please feel free to write me directly at betsyfrompike@earthink.net and I will be sure to respond by email.

22 thoughts on ““Acquainted With Grief”

  1. I understand your absence after the death of a beloved pet. I don’t even want to think about what happens when we lose Ollie.
    Nothing to worry about on my blog, though I did start a new serial recently. That will be too much to catch up on, so ease yourself back in gently, Elizabeth.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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  2. I’m sorry you’ve been sidelined by grief. Thanks for sharing it with us, and I pray you will feel energized to write again. You didn’t miss anything important in my posts.

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  3. Sad to read that you have been sidelined by grief, Elizabeth, but pleased to hear that you are beginning to re-emerge, so to speak. Take care, and be gentle to yourself

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