mangled • fencing

Mangled Fencing; Flickr License Creative Commons Non-commercial

asked by a friend to write an elegy
for her niece killed in a
New Year’s Day car crash,
my eyes fill with tears

thinking of my elderly mother

My small stone for Writing Our Way Home’s Mindful Writing Challenge:http://www.writingourwayhome.com/2013_01_01_archive.html

Previous Post
Leave a comment


  1. Such a tough write for a very tender time … I do not envy you, yet I know you will do a beautiful piece. In a few short weeks, my dad will be gone 4 years. 😦 I still have difficult moments or even days. Will keep you in thought and prayer.


    • Becca, I saw your small stone over there and was just going to visit you. Well thank you for the nice vote of confidence. I do not know the family who lost the loved one…a daughter of 21, their youngest…I can’t imagine that grief. I wrote something today and hope it will bring some comfort. So sorry for your ongoing grief too, Becca. I envy you the close and loving relationship you had with your father. Mine has been gone several years now but we weren’t close. Thank you too for your sweet kindness.


  2. This is among the hardest things to do, but so kind of you to be willing. I know it will be a sensitive and memorable thing. Good luck. Keeping you and them in heart and prayer this evening.


    • She just wanted me to write some words of comfort for her grieving family. She loved what I wrote and sent it to her nephew to read at the memorial service. Goodness…writing an elegy… Some time ago my mother had asked if I would write something to be read at her funeral…the thought of that was hard for me.


  3. A difficult thing to do but you are so good to do so. Your image connects the words. You and your friends are in my heart.


    • I’m going to post what I wrote for my friend. She sent it to her nephew to be read at the memorial service. She lives in Hawaii and they are in Florida…she’s unable to be with them. Thank you for your heartfelt thoughts, Renee.


  4. You show concisely how one thing impacts on another ~ an effective small stone.


  5. Very poignant Gayle.

    Made me stop and think…


    Christine xx


    • I wonder how many other tragedies like this one played out over the holidays. Especially difficult during this time of year…

      Thank you, Christine.


  6. Ah, that is a tough one, Gayle. Whatever you write will be beautiful, inspirational and heart-rendering.

    While in the midst of grief, it’s hard to see death as rebirth. That view takes time, distance, and a lot of healing.


    • Yes, a tough one to write for one so young. And thank you for your generous words. I did post it today…you can judge for yourself. And how right you are about seeing death for what it truly is…takes much healing to get over the separation in our hearts.



Please share your thoughts...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

The Lonely Recluse

Poetry and Prose

Musings of a Wanderer

Love Travel Meditate

Charmed Chaos

Musings on Life, Love, and Linguine-Poetry & Writing

Bodhirose's Blog

Most of my writings will be true-life experiences. We'll see what else shows up...


Words and Pictures from The Isle of Wight

writing in north norfolk

Writer of children's literature, short stories and poetry

Lady Nyo's Weblog

A woman writer's blog with invitations to other writers

Poetry Breakfast

Serving a little poetic nourishment every morning. Start your day with our new expanded menu. Poems, of course, are our specialty. But we will also be serving a fuller menu that includes poetry book reviews to feed poets' and poetry lovers' souls.

Mithai Mumblezz

Thinks and again mumbles!!


Thinking, writing, thinking about writing...


"We're all out there, somewhere, waiting to happen."


Nature needs Nurture

Whimsygizmo's Blog

poetic ponderings...parenting...procrastination...

Tao of Scrumble

A freeform way of life, love and everything

Tournesol dans un Jardin

Micropoetry ~ Waka ~ Flash Fiction

Sharp Little Pencil

Amy Barlow Liberatore... stories of lost years, wild times, mental variety, faith, and lots of jazz


A Silent poet shouting to be heard


Romance of Five Clouds and Magical Poetry

kanzen sakura

South meets East: Poetry and Musings - words of the seasons

Poems, stories, paintings and more by Sharmishtha Basu

(Agnijaat, Agnishatdal, Agnijashatadalama, Indie Adda)

This, that and the other thing

Looking at life through photography and words

jaywalking the moon

poetry by claudia schoenfeld

She's Writing

Poetry and Prose

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields-Addicted to Purple

Growing older is inevitable. Growing up is optional.

everyday amazing

spreading good cheer, fun & love for life

Michael's Lair

Just Write WordPress.com site

Björn Rudbergs writings

Poetry and fiction by a physicist from the dark side

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.

The BeZine

Be inspired...Be creative...Be peace...Be

bardessdmdenton - author- artist

Historical and Literary Fiction / Essays / Poetry / Reviews /Book Cover and Interior Illustrations / Pet Portraits and Other Commissioned Artwork ... "Life can't ever really defeat a writer who is in love with writing, for life itself is a writer's lover until death - fascinating, cruel, lavish, warm, cold, treacherous, constant." ~ Edna Ferber, 1885-1968, American novelist, short story writer and playwright

Soul Dipper

Spirit Builder by Design

Michael S Marsters

The official blog. Copyright 2007-2021. All rights reserved.

Ramblings From A Mum

This is my journey, my thoughts, my views, plain and simple and from my heart. Please travel with me and share, hopefully it will be an interesting trip.


copyright 2013 - no reuse without permission ( see bwfiction.wordpress.com for fiction and fantasy )

"On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea"

All Is One With Our Creator


Take Control of Your Health

The Daily Post

The Art and Craft of Blogging


Mumblings of a Middle Aged Madwoman


if I go around more than once then ...

I Rhyme Without Reason

I live in words

Soul Speak

'You may say I'm a Dreamer, but I'm not the only one' ~ John Lennon

~ Dragon's Dreams ~

Carpe Noctem Quod Tempus Fugit!

Dreamwalker's Sanctuary

A Sanctuary for Enlightenment and Peace through Poetry and Inspirational Thoughts as we go through Life


laughing at the malfunction of the universe is better than crying about it

Olivia's In- Mind Whirls..

"It's all in my mind"


Poets Pub

%d bloggers like this: