Writing: The Continued Performance of Death and Grief

Trevor Collister 1922-2016


Death and Grief move

as partners.

One leads,

The other follows.

Notes and chords

choosing the leader.

But for the most part…


for the most part it starts and ends the same.

Grief manifests

whispering past lips

screaming into ears

to hover above heart and lungs

to root in our stomaches.

Grief catches hold

as Deaths gasping fingers reach out

for the final beats of pulsing blood,

the final hums of breath.


Grief screams,

“too soon”,

“not yet”,

“even so…”

Death drags and pulls,


before we get a chance to say a proper goodbye.


In return, Grief burns,

flaring up the roots it has made.

to poor out our eyes

and track dirt across our cheeks

to throw itself into the rhythm of

sobs and                               silences.


Grief slides down to its knees,

drumming familiar beats,

with hands and feet


as Death takes a bow.

Its performance over.

Yet, Grief continues on.


Eventually, Grief settles.

Not today

and probably not tomorrow

but someday,

Grief will find a place to calm


Memory to spill out.


like spoonfuls of sugar

and the smell of cigarette smoke,

reaching both arms out wide

to spin


and round.


This is when Grief slips away

put to rest

until its next appearance

on stage.

– a. benson (seascatchfire23)

Reading List: Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

“A gambler, a convict, a wayward son, a lost Grisha, a Suli girl who had become a killer, a boy from the Barrel who became something worse. What bound them together?” 

In Six of Crows, Leigh Bardugo continues to add the world which she created in “The Grisha Trilogy”. A world the grips and pulls. The plot moves rapidly, sharing fragments of each characters past as the story builds. The characters and the relationships between them are intricate and woven together reaching in a grasping at the darkest of places. 

Six of Crows has grit to it that is hard to wash off even after the last page. I can’t wait for its sequel. 

Reading List: Monstress Vol. 1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

I definitely wandered around the comic book store, slightly overwhelmed by the amount of stories in front of me, until I was drawn to this gorgeous cover. Steampunk Horror. Alternative 1900s Asia. Beautiful and terrifying art by Sana Takeda. Fantastic and dynamic storyline by Marjorie Liu. 

This graphic novel is worth the read. Monstress weaves together the ideas of science and magic, demons and gods, and other elements one would suspect in a graphic novel recommended by Neil Gaiman. 

Everything about the world created in Monstress made me want to keep reading. There were definitely dark moments. Okay,  the whole thing was basically dark but so good. 

Also female writer and artist team so extra love for that.