Wishing You Well

Archive for the ‘bereavement’ Category

It could have happened.

It had to happen.

It happened earlier. Later.

Nearer. Farther off.

It happened, but not to you.

You were saved because you were the first.

You were saved because you were the last.

Alone. With others.

On the right. The left.

Because it was raining. Because of the shade.

Because the day was sunny.

You were in luck — there was a forest.

You were in luck — there were no trees.

You were in luck — a rake, a hook, a beam, a brake,

A jamb, a turn, a quarter-inch, an instant …

So you’re here? Still dizzy from

another dodge, close shave, reprieve?

One hole in the net and you slipped through?

I couldn’t be more shocked or



how your heart pounds inside me.

“Could Have,” by Wislawa Szymborska, translated from the Polish by Rogene

via THE GUN by C.J. Chivers.


Just wanted to let you know that I have added some new pages to my blog. They are letter templates for those occasions when words can sometimes fail you. I noticed that quite a few visitors arrive here having searched for ‘letter of sympathy’ or ‘wishing someone well’ so I hope they will come in handy.

There are three templates with examples at the moment, and if I get any specific requests or come up with some new ideas I will add to the collection from time to time.

Leave me a comment if you have a particular type of letter in mind that you would like to see added.

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