Jackson Wheeler

Flying in the Wild
Flight – June Perkins

The day we lost our child
I had a dream
of her possible future
with us.

I wanted to comfort Miranda
to share her sorrow
to take our first steps
beyond
grief.

I couldn’t tell her about
the dream
of our future
lost.

I looked at her
unable to see
where to begin
except without words.

Our little one
lost her spin of life’s wheel
she would never
take first steps
with us.

Only in dreams
would we be together
life forever
unreal.

My heart like a brahminy kite
flew away to the calls of
our daughter and Miranda
wanting to land
somewhere
we could all take
flight
beyond
mortal frames
to be a family
once more.

I knew we would
have to settle on
a name for the one
who took her flight first.

(c) June Perkins

In this poem Jackson Wheeler speaks of the loss of their child.  He wants to comfort Miranda.  He wants to name their lost child.

4 thoughts on “Jackson Wheeler

    1. Grief is a journey – thanks for following Miranda and Jackson’s story – they are fictional characters but the journey they take is based on many experiences of family and friends, glad that it resonated with you. I wanted to write about this topic through poetic characters after seeing friends who lost their children and my parents also lost a grandchild.

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