Now That You’re Gone


Back in December of 2014, my nephew was killed in a traffic accident. He was still in the prime of his life at that time. It was very sad for all of us. I wrote this poem as a way to work through the feelings I had at that time.
Now That You’re Gone
(Remembering Brian)
Now that you’re gone what can I say
that hasn’t already been said
The good and bad the sweet and sad
Imprints on my heart
Hurricanes of emotion cutting deep
Sometimes pounding
Sometimes they gently creep
Like grains of sand on an evening beach
Ebbing, flowing, smoothing all the footprints of time
leaving only diamonds of Light glistening on the sand
answers sifting through the fingers of my hand
Warm sun sends its healing rays
Now, the only thing left to say
echos through my mind…
“I Love You!”
Revised from 12-2014

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Photo: Dwight L. Roth

93 thoughts on “Now That You’re Gone

  1. It must have been a very sad time. Your poem is beautiful Dwight. I love your photo of the purple iris. It’s petals look almost glass-like ~ fragile yet strong.

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  2. I’m so very sorry for this great tragic loss of Brian. Such a great grief to all of your family. 😦 You’ve shared such a beautiful tribute to Brian in poem and photo. Your poem helps all of us who have lost loved ones to death. Only sharing about nephews and nieces…we lost a young adult nephew (age 20 to suicide) and a preschooler niece (in a car accident). 😦
    (((HUGS))) and thank you for sharing this post. ❤

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  3. “leaving only diamonds of Light glistening on the sand/
    answers sifting through the fingers of my hand”: this really spoke to my heart, December being an anniversary for me too. The holidays have never seemed the same since. But “the Light” keeps shining in the darkness.

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  4. This is so emotional Dwight, and yet a beautiful tribute to your nephew Brian. I can truly understand and connect to the essence of your poem. 🙏🏼 I am sure Brian is pleased that he touched your life the way he did, which empowered you to move through your grief. Great job my friend! 🥰💖😊

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    • Thank you, Kym for your kind thoughts. Death and loss are very emotional experiences. My grief was deep, but not as deep as you must have felt losing your sister. The feelings always ride beneath the surface every now and then coming up for air!

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      • My Aunt and Uncle lost their eldest to a hit and run when he was 18. She told me what has helped (and is still helping) her the most has been giving love to others – that this has been (and still is) a balm to her heart. I know my Mum’s heart ached for her sister too. Now my Mum is reunited with Caleb in heaven 😊. Praise God for the hope of heaven.


  5. Really sorry for your loss, I could feel the strong emotions you have writing this poem it’s touching and raw. Loosing someone is never easy but all we can do is keep their memories alive in our hearts and cherish them forever.

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  6. Dwight, writing this poem honors your lost loved one, as well as, yourself and your journey through grief. This line stood out to me, “answers sifting through the fingers of my hand” Seeking answers for what I can’t understand feels like this. I can only keep returning to my heart and the wisdom of love.

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  7. Heartfelt tribute. You have let your feelings on demise of your nephew in traffic accident, expressed in words.
    What about the mothers who had lost their sons, but may not be able to express their feeling and have to live with agony of the loss of life of her child in road accidents.

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