These words seek to promote the value of reflecting on emotion, particularly grief. For me, as I’m sure it is for many others, articulating how I feel is extremely difficult. Writing, although new to me, is a medium in which I can speak freely – taking time to consider my emotions, my feelings and the words I want to use to describe them. It is something I have learnt is invaluably important in order to grieve properly. It is better to at least write about how I feel, than to not open up about it at all.
‘After the Cherry Blossom’ is a poem about memories, that while sad, are intended to be beautiful. It depicts the story of a cherry blossom tree in my family garden (as photographed), paralleled by the painful, unfair loss of my Father.
After The Cherry Blossom