Loss, Heartbreak, and Coming of Age Poetry Friday Reading Themes

[Poetry Friday] When Death Comes by Mary Oliver

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Myra here.

I am glad to be joining the Poetry Friday community again – undoubtedly my favourite meme of the week in the kidlitosphere community. Our host today is Steps and Staircases.


As we continue with our Loss, Heartbreak, and Coming of Age bimonthly theme until first week of September, I try to look for poems that deal with grief and loss, heart ache and moving on. Naturally, I am led yet again to Mary Oliver’s poetry. For the past several weeks, we’ve been featuring picture books/YA lit which deal with death and bereavement, I thought if would be fitting to share When Death Comes by Mary Oliver for Poetry Friday.

I took a screenshot of the poem using my iPhone and edited it using FilterMania. Since the poem is quite long, the edits have been done in two-parts. Hope you like it, poetry-loving friends.



Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

8 comments on “[Poetry Friday] When Death Comes by Mary Oliver

  1. oh i love mary oliver’s poem too myra … thanks for your beautiful post, it caused me to gasp in amazement once more at her lyrical writing and non-dual view 🙂


  2. Mary Oliver – my favorite poet. And this, Myra, is my favorite poem – that last stanza is really my personal motto: I aspire to have made something particular and real of my life.


  3. wow! What a powerful poem! Thanks for sharing. I’m currently reading The Fault in our Stars, a YA about a terminally ill cancer patient who is “living her best life.” I will have to get me some Mary Oliver!


  4. beckyshillington

    This is beautiful, Myra!


  5. Wonderful, Myra. You share such beauty in this theme. Thanks!


  6. Thank you for sharing, Myra. Mary Oliver is one of the greats!


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