Loss can be unpredictable – read student Emma Arthurs’ poem about grieving for her grandfather months after his passing

Emma looks at how suddenly grief can hit you and just how difficult this realisation of loss can be. A poem about
discovering dominoes in her grandparents’ home months after her grandfather’s death, Emma
explores the onset of emotions as quickly as the grief hits her – as quickly as dominoes falling.

Emma as an infant being held by her grandfather

Dominoes

settled.

Once more, breath held.

Always the last, mapped out routes to
another round.

That first one tipping,
the next, and more, arranged, again and I —
miss

your breathing patterns.

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