Tuesday, February 17, 2015

In Memoriam--By Ronald Grognet--United States

In Memoriam

friend’s untimely death—
    a perfect winter storm

sudden lethal stroke--
   survivors speechless

hospice was set up---
I thought they would stay longer

her haunting fragrance lingers---
    even-though she's gone

the eerie quiet---
   of a cold misty morning

Ronald Grognet is a retired Clinical Psychologist who practiced private individual and family therapy for thirty-five years. He lived and worked in Washington D.C., and Sarasota, FL before retiring in New Orleans to be close to his grandsons. Besides his volunteer time spent on disaster assignments for the Red Cross, he fills his time devoted to haiku poetry. His interest in poetry came as a gift in retirement. Reading an article about haiku filled with many examples, he recognized its similarity to the reflective stance of the meditation he practiced for many years. He has vigorously pursued its study for the last two years, personally experiencing its healing and enlightening qualities.


  1. Hi Ronald. Your poem is expressive and sentimental. It's nicely written and easy to take in. The message is wonderful; how you find passion in an otherwise sad moment. Thank you for sharing this. Not many people write about things like this because of the pain and memories, but you have done a wonderful job. I enjoyed "In Memoriam" very much. Thank you for sharing and continued blessings!

    -MJ (www.tgbtgpublictions.com)

  2. The loss is palpable. The wording is not whiney, maudlin, or cold. It is grieving. Thank you for sharing.

  3. so sad and when it happens to the young so very sad

  4. Ronald, I truly appreciate the sentiment in your well written poem. Untimely deaths that take us by surprise are indeed hard to take. Thank you for sharing your talent.