Poem of the Week: Lydia (1761)

Margaret Leis Hanna, Central Ohio Branch
Written after reading the historical novel, Widow’s War, by Sally Gunning


She walks the shore

Stripped of her husband
she searches
solace on sand.

Breathes salt air
Water suffocated him.

Arms across
hollow heart
she suffers the unwanted.

As waves before her
Love and loss
Ebb and flow

As limitless horizons
Anger and grief
Stretch through her

As moonlight on stilled seas
Calmness and acceptance
Cloak her.

Love brings her
Weeping and walking
Where water widowed her.




  1. Dawn L. Spitz says:

    Lovely poem. I like the form and the alliteration. The message is for us all.

  2. This poem is exquisitely crafted.

  3. cheri warzecha says:

    I love the concept and the emotion of her walk.
    could be more rhythmic if words in each stanza were
    rearranged and more attention was paid to meter.

    Keep writing!


  4. Carolyn Waddell says:

    Lovely prose!
    I could feel her grief.
    Well done.

  5. Charlene Hampton Holloway says:

    Poem speaks truly of the woman’s despair.

  6. Brenda Layman says:

    Very moving.