“Life Is For The Living” by Vicki Batkin



What do I say
When she still sees him
Talks to him
Smells him
In the middle of the night?
The same thing I would say
To the Fawn
Who lost his Doe
Or the mother
Who lost her infant
Or  the daughter of
The Chinese Elm
I say
Walk on
To the living
Walk to the right
Walk into the dust
Walk towards the dark
To cover your eyes

Vicki Batkin

© 2011


  1. lkthayer · February 16, 2011

    Vicki, extraordinary work, extraordinary poet, brava my friend 🙂

  2. candice · February 16, 2011

    Cried in the coffee bean line when I read this…cover your eyes…

  3. Roz Levine · February 16, 2011

    What a powerful poem. I’ll always remember this message.
    Love you,

  4. Julie · February 16, 2011

    I heard it in class, but didn’t truly hear it until now. Amazing, powerful, connected. Good job, my friend.


  5. Karen Ross · February 16, 2011

    I am so touched by your poem and it is so meaningful right now. A dear friend has just lost her daughter in a freak accident. A mother, a wife, a daughter, a lover of life. Gone in one second as she was rescuing a dog and a driver hit her on the sidewalk.
    Everyone is feeling such sadness and your words were a reminder of what we all must do after such a loss. Walk on.
    Thanks Vicki.
    With much love, Karen

  6. matthew · February 16, 2011

    I’m not sure Karen could said it better. This is gem!

  7. Lordy · February 17, 2011

    They say never cross a line…… ‘But remember to close your eyes’ is one hell of line you are stepping on Karen!

  8. Maxine Kardell · February 19, 2011


    Your poem is soulful and heartfelt.
    Your message will remain with me,
    clear as a church bell.

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