on a bus after the death of one’s aunt

A Poem By Anna // 3/8/2015

[this piece has been redacted for publication in my school's literary journal!]


I had read your blog. Praying

I had read your blog. Praying for you, your family, and your cousins.

Lucy Anne | Sun, 03/08/2015

"It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." Ralph Waldo Emerson

I'm so sorry for your loss.

I'm so sorry for your loss. Thank you for sharing this, it is really beautiful.

E | Sun, 03/08/2015

"You were not meant to fit into a shallow box built by someone else." -J. Raymond


I'm sorry for your loss, Anna. Thankyou for sharing this, it was quite beautiful and I adore all your word choices.

Maddi | Mon, 03/09/2015

Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?” – Winnie The Pooh

Ditto to Maddi. I am so

Ditto to Maddi. I am so sorry! Beautiful poem though.

Kassady | Fri, 03/13/2015

"Here's looking at you, Kid"
Write On!


Anna, this is breath-taking. I feel like I can never write poetry like this. But I wanted you to know I took your first two lines and literally stole them and ran off, and wrote my own poem. I've never done that before, so I'm extending it as a semi-compliment - maybe? Thank you for breathing inspiration into me, and helping me find my own expression for my pain, even if of a different variety. Condolences and hugs for your loss.

Sarah Bethany | Sun, 03/15/2015


I am so sorry you have lost you aunt, Anna.

Reading this poem made me feel like I was looking at a photograph of what you felt.

"I think the broken‐bread‐body
the Death humans hold in common
missives to other gods
from the breaths that speak them
and transposes them in his likeness(
a grace for the breathless)"

"A grace for the breathless," what an incredible way to capture the mercy of God. Really well done, a thing that can only come out of heavy experience. Anna, you have reminded me of the hope we have in resurrection. Thank you so much for sharing.

Tessa | Thu, 03/19/2015




I'd like to thank everyone for expressing so much kindness toward my family and I. Tomorrow will make it a month since my aunt's death, and, you know... It's hard. I've not even got the worst of it, but I'm learning to validate my own grief through things like this poem, so... I will freely admit that it's hard.

I'm also very glad you like the poem itself, and specially thank anyone who took the time to tell me the lines they liked.

Sarah Bethany: No, I don't mind! Thanks for the credit. :) I'm going to get around to commenting on your poem hopefully after class today.

Anna | Wed, 03/25/2015

I have hated the words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right. --The Book Thief


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