Mourn

By WD, Tha Sensational Poetologist

Strength is born when you mourn
And sorrow leads to success that no one can suppress
Unless it is used wrong and not as a stepping stone

Which is why I don’t seek solace
Instead I acknowledge that no one will respect me
If I don’t use grief correctly

Especially when I am mourning the loss of freedom
Because the mourning process is protracted
When I’m impacted

By grief that can possibly morph into depression
If I don’t teach it a lesson
That will benefit us both

So my oath
To heart is to never let it break
As long as I’m strong and awake when it aches

13 Comments

  1. Maddie on May 26, 2021 at 12:52 PM

    WD, this is a really beautiful message. I love how each stanza flows, and I think the language you use is powerful. Grief is a challenging thing to overcome, but understanding that it must be processed and can be used to help one grow stronger is essential. This is such a valuable outlook to have, so hold onto it! You are stronger than the hardships you may face!

  2. Antovia on June 1, 2021 at 9:40 PM

    To be honest the title of this poem made me not almost read the content. I lost a friendship in an old friend and seeing this poem from a glance made me afraid of reading about something I know I have to come to terms with and address. I’m so glad I read it because you expressed it in a very gentle but direct way. I’m glad you’ve taught me to confront my loss and not to let anything suppress my success in this life.

  3. Samantha on June 30, 2021 at 11:00 PM

    WD,

    WOAH, this is an exceptional piece!!! I wish I could give you many snaps for this in real life, but please accept my virtual snaps, because I am in awe of this piece, wow!!

    The stanza: ”Strength is born when you mourn
    And sorrow leads to success that no one can suppress Unless it is used wrong and not as a stepping stone” is so, SO GOOD! I had to read it twice!!! Excellent work WD!!! Please continue to share more of your poetry!!

    Best,

    Samantha

  4. Brittani on July 13, 2021 at 6:39 PM

    Dear WD
    I agree with that we learn and grow after we mourn. Nice poem and rhythm of the poem. I reread this poem multiple times just to feel the rhythm of this poem. Nice job Keep up the work

  5. Shari on August 9, 2021 at 3:33 PM

    The first line grabs the reader by suggesting that mourning can make you strong. Then you reinforce that message by saying that sorrow can make you successful. These two statements give momentum to the poem, because they make the reader want to keep reading to learn more. And the rhyming adds to the momentum: not only rhyme at the ends of the lines but also internally. So your structure and rhyme show skills that indeed confirm that you are a “sensational poetologist”!
    This poem feels as though it is the first of a suite, where each poem takes the reader further along on your journey to strength and success. One hallmark of a good poem is specificity: using very specific examples to show the reader general movement or characterization. So you might want to think about creating such a suite. The next poem or two could talk about what you mourn, and how you see very particular strength coming from it. For instance, is your strength physical? emotional? Can you give a specific example, such as strong enough to not get angry when you are being insulted? or strong enough to put your anger behind you and greet the day by remembering something good that happened to you? or simply strong enough to run faster or farther than you ever have before, which gives you a sense of accomplishment?
    Your life is full of promise and purpose. And your poetry is the same: promising and purposeful. I look forward to reading more of it.

  6. Maxine Cassell on August 18, 2021 at 10:04 PM

    WD,

    This is an amazing poem to read and has a meaningful message. “By grief that can possibly morph into depression, If I don’t teach it a lesson”. I appreciate your view and honesty on grief and that you learn from it and don’t let it tear you apart. I get the sense that you want to find joy despite what may happen. It is very empowering to read your perspective. Keep writing!

  7. Adrian on August 19, 2021 at 10:22 AM

    Thank you for sharing your experience. I have experienced something similar when my friend passed away. You have to mourn yourself because something so impactful on your life literally kills who you used to be.

  8. Adam on August 19, 2021 at 10:26 AM

    I love the rhythm of this poem. I can hear it in my mind and the words are passionate and strong. The use of mourning to describe your loss of freedom is so heartbreaking yet beautiful because from what I understand, you are trying to mourn your loss but you aren’t able to get through the grief because that freedom is taken every single day. And finally your promise to yourself, is inspiring. I love the wordplay in the last paragraph. You truly are an amazing writer and I feel so lucky to have gotten a chance to read your poem. Stay strong, I’m rooting for you.

  9. Soumyaa on August 19, 2021 at 10:32 AM

    Hi WD,

    Your poem inspired me. Resilience is an admirable characteristic in any situation, let alone the circumstances that you face now. No matter how defeated you feel, I want you to know that the mourning that you experience can never be protracted—it is only natural that you mourn the freedom you once had. Resilience is not something that comes easily to me and many others. Most days, I feel like quitting everything: school, friends, life. I find it difficult to turn grief into strength, but people like you make me believe that it can be done. Grief is not depression, grief is only what you can make of it. I encourage you to keep writing like this and realize that you can find strength in everything that you do.
    Turning grief into strength is no mere feat. In fact, it is a quality that most people lack. However, from your writing style and your evident perseverance, I can tell that you will be able to live each day stronger than the next. I wish you luck and happiness in everything that you do.

    – Soumyaa

  10. Brooke Yanai on August 19, 2021 at 10:33 AM

    Thank you for sharing your grief with us. We see you, we hear you, we respect you. The first step of overcoming grief is to realize what your feeling, and healing follows from there. You know the source of your emotions, so healing and growing stronger for it is the only way left for you. I’m excited for who you will be on the other side of this, even if I don’t know you.

  11. Audrey S on August 19, 2021 at 10:46 AM

    WD, tha sentational poetologist! The language you used to articulate this resilience and commitment to staying strong through inevitable trials is extraordinary. I particularly appreciated how you conveyed that the ‘correct’ way to ‘use’ sorrow is as a stepping stone. So often, negative emotions are avoided and suppressed, leading to fewer moments of happiness. But is clear that you’ve been able to acknowledge that strength is the product of mourning, in particular, the ability to allow ourselves to mourn. Thank you for this wonderful piece. I hope you continue to write, you are extremely talented!

    My best,
    Audrey

  12. Trish on August 20, 2021 at 7:26 PM

    WD-This is such a well written poem! While reading it I felt you processing your feelings and circumstances. I particularly connected with your description of protracted grief. So important to realize it isn’t gate you pass through, rather a journey. Also the phrasing about teaching depression a lesson-really powerful to show the ability to overcome destructive feelings is within you, within all of us. Thank you for writing-keep it up!

  13. Mona Villesvik on September 20, 2021 at 3:35 PM

    WD,

    I loved this poem! I completely agree with your message that we can use our negative feelings (grief, anger, loneliness) and turn them into something beautiful! Also, I loved the vocabulary choices you made, for example I love how you describe the mourning process as “protracted”.

    – Mona

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