Written by Giselle Beaufort @ Becoming a Widow After Suicide


My garden is a symphony

harmonizing with the bees

Composer and conductor

air moving through a breeze

Flowers strumming colors

keep rhythm with the sun

Practiced wind picks up the chimes

in the background

Birds talking in the crowd


This is no ordinary symphony

Do you hear it

whisper now


Air reaches out to find me

Sun crescendo warms my feet

No greater sound exists or can exist

nature’s never-ending prose


My garden is a symphony

Layered perfectly together

A masterful collage of senses

Do you hear it whisper now?


Machinery, a misplaced sound

takes first percussion chair

I don’t mind at all

The disturbance plays its chord


I am here amongst the music

of this ordinary song

on this porch beside a garden

Hydrangeas dancing in the moon

Muhly grass not bloomed

Blue Enchantress singing

Tiny buds on sun slouched stems

Allium with patience wait

It’s not their turn to sing


Airplanes flying low

reminders of those moments

His eyes gazed at skies above

then said the things he saw

Perhaps nobody heard

No matter

Words spoken for himself

A reassurance to the universe

this  thing was safe

A reminder to himself

He was no longer at war


I don’t think he heard the symphony

He only heard the battlefields

Does he hear it now, I wonder

Is it his turn to sing?


These are the moments

inside the movements of a life

This is the symphony we cannot hear

when we forget to stop

to listen


when stolen while at war


This is the opus playing

against discordant sounds of sorrow’s heart

This, my friend, is life

It is your turn to sing



Text © Giselle Beaufort




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