Ode to Grief

POETRY FORMAT, 23 May 2022

Dr Usha Roopnarain – TRANSCEND Media Service

19 May 2022 – Poem written at the passing on of my beloved brother Niresh Manilall in South Africa.

The dark dreary winter has set in.
Summer has come and gone.
Nothing is pleasant anymore.
This is a kind of madness.
Something I have never felt before!

There are no reminders of joy.
No beauty to admire.
All has withered and died.
Just like you.

So suddenly!
Melancholy covers me like a blanket.
Sorrow follows me like a shadow.
Restless like a  tormenting flame.
Grief is my constant companion,
Crawling back, I call out your name.
There’s no answer.
No more laughter,
Only the sound of tears a moment after.
Will this misery end?
Who will know?
How could he go?
It’s only grief that I know.


Dr Usha Roopnarain – Former parliamentarian in the National Assembly of South Africa, social activist and passionate about human rights and gender equality.

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