The Greatest Loss of All (Prose)

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I’ve lost loves ~ found others

feelings crushed ~ as wine from grapes

but I grew again ~ stronger in the light

of another day

I’ve lost pets ~  finger-tips trace

old photographs and ashes held to chest

I’ve lost grand-parents ~  relatives

across the seas ~  some I never met

I’ve lost jewellery ~ belongings


the hardest loss ~  the insurmountable

that sheds the tears the most

the you that I am losing

now ~ ‘Irene’



The prompt for Mindlovemisery is for my mum.

This is an explanation of the prompt written by MLM :-

Loss of love, friendship, employment, youth we’ve all experienced a sense of longing (even if brief) for the restoration of a relationship, state of being, or situation. Is there anything or anyone you’ve lost? Has hindsight clarified your illusions or created a crippling nostalgia? All forms of media are acceptable. Your entry can be fiction, non fiction, or a combination of the two. My entry is totally fictional and encase there is any confusion the “I” in my poem is male. The loss can be based on choice(s) you’ve made or events that were not within your control but you wish, nevertheless, to alter. You do not have to use the phrase “Take me back” but you are welcome to do so. This prompt comes from an idea given by a very talented writer whom you can visit here Summerstommy



Please read Patricks Perspectives which will give you an insight into this disease, sadly Patrick’s dad passed very recently from this and he has now began another journey of dealing with his life and his road ahead.

34 thoughts on “The Greatest Loss of All (Prose)

  1. Aww..sending you hugs (I realise you say this is fictional, but it feels very real, it’s beautifully written, yet so sad at the same time). And sadly, we do all suffer losses, just last night I woke up from a dream where I saw my gran for the first time since she passed away back in January, it was comforting yet brought a quiet tear to my eye…

    • no Yikici it is not fictional – I wish it were ~ this is about my mum Irene ~ I am glad your Nan came to visit you, she is showing you she is still around. I believe in after life and I know in my heart (as much as many don’t believe) that there is life after death and her visit ~ well it wasn’t a dream… thank you for the hugs and I hope you see your Nan again soon. xx

      • Oh..then this line confuses me: “My entry is totally fictional and encase there is any confusion the “I” in my poem is male.” -is this paragraph from the challenge issuer?

        Please accept my apologies for the mix-up.

        I too believe in life after death, and also felt it was my gran communicating with me, there was lots of lush green surrounding her, and she made me feel like I was helping her to live’s the first time I’ve seen her in my dream since her death..I miss her so much..

      • No sorry that was taken from the prompt ~ I should correct this as it is not clear ~ thank you for pointing it out sweet.
        No apologies needed ~ a simply misunderstanding ~smiles.

        I am glad that you do believe. I have attended a couple of medium classes and I saw visions of a woman and described 8 different things about her and her surroundings (the house where she lived) and her children. Not knowing anything about her or the others in the class. It was one of the class ladies sister ~ I was blown away~ to me this is prove ~ your Gran surrounded by lush green? Perhaps look at this
        I know you miss her ~ but believe me, delve into your sixth sense and you shall see her again {hugs} xx

    • No Brian sadly and unfortunately it’s non-fiction, mum is slipping away with Dementia – the MRI will hopefully give us more information. Pop’s is frail now ~ a new path to travel on ~ your MIL I know, you have written and told me about her and my heart goes out to you for losing someone you loved. Thank you Bri for your continued kindness {hugs}

  2. so very very hard, lost my mother to dementia on her 85th birthday last year. also challenging because we had some issues never resolved, though i knew she did the best she could and loved her for that.

    • Beth 😦 I am so sorry, I don’t know if I realised that before, though I think you did mention some time back. My heart goes out to you and the issues not resolved….. she is aware ~ hugs to you darling and thank you xx

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