A Quote by Elaine Christensen on endings, hope, peace, sons, sorrow, time, and unhappiness

Sorrow Is A Box Of Flowers What it's all about is sorrow I've become convinced of that sorrow fences each field sorrow clings to stone walls sorrow hedges the road on both sides when her son died sorrow coated her spoon it curled in her bed it hung in her closet like a coat she put on and wore sometimes proudly sometimes bent over I watched her put up the fence the stone walls we've all done it the hedge on either side of the road cowering behind it wishing for a different ending: sorrow is a box of flowers being delivered over and over your name on the card each time the bell rings you go to the door take the box in your arms hoping this time praying this time there'll be a different name but it's always yours in unhappy endings there is finally peace I've become convinced of that sorrow is the schoolmaster the sober drink the great equalizer everyone has to swallow it there's no getting down from the table

Elaine Christensen (1948 -)

Source: I have learned five things, 1995 winner, Nat’l Fed’n StatePoetry Societies’ manuscript comp

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