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musings, life lessons & poetry from Theresa Jarosz Alberti

Poetry Challenge – Day 13

Welcome to Day 13 of my 30-Day Poetry Challenge!

Comment on today’s poem to win a copy of my poetry book, “(After) Confession… I’m giving away a copy every day. Scroll down below the poem for more details about this Poetry Challenge.

But first, congratulations, Ann H, for winning a free copy of my poetry book! (I do a raffle from those who commented on yesterday’s post.) Ann, please email me your address so I can send your prize:

Now onto today’s poem. Don’t forget to comment, and check back tomorrow to see if you’ve won!

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there’s just Grief
and you have to let the little girl
crawl out of that cave
where she hid for so long,
let her climb out
onto your lap where
you see her, the bowed
head, big eyes bewildered,
lip quivering, and you
hold her and say
“it’s okay, it will be
all right,” though you’re
not quite sure how
you got to be the grownup

you rock her
and tears flow hot
and salty from the deep
well that belongs to
both of you, sobs
from the chest, dark
pain that scrapes
you both out

it is good and hard and
so much better this way
you two, there for each
other at last

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  • I’m writing and posting a new poem every day through the month of April (yikes!), for better or worse.
  • AND, as a gift, I’m giving away a copy of my poetry book EVERY DAY this month. FREE!
  • Sign up to WIN a copy of (After) Confession by just leaving a comment beneath the poem of the day.
  • I will pick a winner every day in April! So comment every day for a new chance to win.

OR, you can purchase your own copy of (After) Confession for the new low price of $9.00 USD, shipping and handling included! Click here to read sample poems and purchase a copy.

April is National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.

This month’s posts are part of the  NaPoWriMo challenge — that’s National Poetry Writing Month. At, you’ll find links to other participating writers and their poetry. AND daily writing prompts for inspiration to write your own poems. Check them out.

I’m so looking forward to your comments–  it doesn’t have to be about the poem. Write anything, share the name of your favorite poet or poem, write about the weather, whatever! And thanks for reading.

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  1. Oh-the tears come down my cheeks.
    This is so beautiful and loving. Self love. Thank you !!!

  2. Oops….
    !!! Not ???

  3. You got deep into yourself today, Theresa. Love the poem. On another sad note, I saw the movie “1945” and ran into a pool pal as I was leaving the nearly empty theater which, when I opened my mouth, released sobs. Your poem and the movie and this snow hit a nerve today. Keep poeting!

  4. Shelly Johnson

    April 13, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Very beautifully done Theresa

  5. I was already crying when I started to read your poem. So good. So true.

  6. Ann Rolle Kreider

    April 14, 2018 at 9:22 am

    “Not quite sure how you got to be the grown up” Beautiful.

  7. I love this poem!

  8. You are a well of amazingness. This is gorgeous. Thank you, My friend.

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