Academic journal article Chicago Review

The Five Stages of Grief

Academic journal article Chicago Review

The Five Stages of Grief

Article excerpt

The night I lost you

someone pointed me towards

the Five Stages of Grief.

Go that way, they said,

it's easy, like learning to climb

stairs after the amputation.

And so I climbed.

Denial was first.

I sat down at breakfast

carefully setting the table

for two. I passed you the toast

you sat there. I passed

you the paper-you hid

behind it.

Anger seemed more familiar.

I burned the toast, snatched

the paper and read the headlines myself.

But they mentioned your departure,

and so I moved on to

Bargaining. What could I exchange

for you? The silence

after storms? My typing fingers?

Before I could decide, Depression

came puffing up, a poor relation

its suitcase tied together

with string. In the suitcase

were bandages for the eyes

and bottles of sleep. I slid

all the way down the stairs

feeling nothing. …

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