Grief Song

by Elizabeth Gauffreau

For George

God has had him long enough

the Innocent cries

send him home at once

God has no say in the matter

the Experienced replies

God cannot oblige--

and from the Poet the images fly

he's here in glimmering water

he's here in shimmering sky

but poetry has no say in the matter

poetry cannot oblige

About the Author


Elizabeth Gauffreau has published fiction and poetry in Foliate Oak, Serving House Journal, Soundings East, Hospital Drive, Blueline, Evening Street Review, and Adelaide Literary Review, among others, as well as several themed anthologies. Her novel Telling Sonny has just been released by Adelaide Books. Learn more about her work at