trecutul îmi cade-n valuri
peste umeri, peste coapse, peste mâini
inventar nesfârșit al tot
ce nu am fost la timp.

mi-au rămas mici camerele,
mă strâng pereții
acelor camere în care n-am intrat
ca să rămân, o călătoare
în căutarea altui nesfârșit

îmi simt oasele reci dimineața,
a aparate de-o răceală ce
le macină pe dinăuntru, indiferent
cât de tare mi-ar bate soarele pe piele,
dintr-o viață ce n-o mai simt a mea

nu mă-ntreba câtor bărbați
le-am mai spus lucrurile astea,
nu contează. oricum
la trei dimineața, când se divid singurătățile,
când coastele îmi devin lănci întoarse
spre înăuntru
și caut după o altă mână prin pat
nu e nimeni.

tot ce nu spun încape
într-o privire ghidușă, aruncată furiș,
și-o îmbrățișare
cu miros de parfum bărbătesc și interdicții

What’s missing from the picture

As some of you might already know, this period is rather tough for me, as I’ve recently lost a loved person. But this has also given me the context and space to better understand myself and my emotional dynamic, as I’m passing through the whole grieving process.

Grief is, to put it in a poetic way, the daughter of love. Is what’s left when a dear person leaves us. It doesn’t matter if we talk about someone’s death or about being left by those we were holding dear. It is loss, and loss is painful. That easy.

But this whole pain is never just about the present moment. More often it is about the future moments that person will be missing from our lives. Maybe our first job, our graduation, our wedding. Milestones where we’d love that person’s presence around us.

Currently, my main struggle is to accept that there is no such thing as a right way of living the grief. That the fact that I’m active on Social Media, paint my nails and I’m not wearing only dark clothes is not the expression of me being over it. It’s hard because of the social conditioning that surrounds this kind of moment. The social imperatives of what should and should not be done in such contexts.

Here, though, the grief is about something else. About the small gestures that no one else will be doing for us again. About the way that person smiled or comforted us. About the moments that person will be missing.

Grief is a void. An empty space, a trace left by someone we’ve deeply cared about. And managing it might be hard and uncomfortable at times. It’s personal, intimate, and unique, there is no such thing as two individuals grieving in the same way.

I can only share what I’ve learned so far, hoping it will help more people with their mental struggles.

  • It’s okay to feel good

At first, the moments when I was feeling good, authentically good, were followed by guilt trips. As if I wasn’t doing things right if I could, still, feel good. Until the moment when I realized, sitting in the sun, that she wanted me to feel good. To be happy. And if that person wanted me to feel good with my life while she was part of it, she definitely would have the same attitude now.

  • Stick to a routine

One of the best things you can do during a tough time is sticking to a clear routine. Small habits, daily practice. It helps you adapt to the new reality: a reality where that person is no longer living. But you do still live there, so try to make it easy, not a burden.

  • Do things that make you happy about yourself

It doesn’t have to be a big thing, it has to make you smile. For me, this moment was while cutting the first flowers from my garden and putting them in a vase on my desk. I was happy to see their beauty, feel their fragrance, and I’ve smiled thinking about how much she loved this kind of thing.

  • Revisit your memories with that person

I’m not sure if our loved ones ever leave us, to be fair. There is a part of me that likes to believe that they still hang around somewhere, laughing at our clumsiness and bad decisions. And I might be old-fashioned, but do you remember those photos with you? Go and pass through them. Revisit those moments, the details of the memories you’ve got together. Remember the things you’ve learned from that person. I remember often things she loved, or things she has told me. I also know that, as long as I don’t forget, she’s not dead. Because people die only when those that could tell stories about them will die.

  • Plan your future

Grief tends to make you live in the past. Don’t. Instead, do your best and plan your future. Do it how you feel it. Maybe put together a vision board, or set some goals you want to reach, this is all up to you. Just take the time to reflect on it and establish the small steps you need to take. Your loved ones, even if they’ve passed away, will love to see you succeed.

  • Reach out for support

Say it after me, loud and clear: I’m not weak for needing help. I’m not weak for needing help. Because it’s true, you’re not. Just a human that has to pass an incredibly challenging period of their lives. Talk about it. Be honest about it. Let your dear ones know that you struggle with integrating that loss. It’s okay. It really is. Some of us need more help than others, and it’s perfectly fine. This, as I have said before, is a deeply personal and intimate process. If you feel like the help of a counselor would be beneficial, go ahead and make that appointment. No one has ever been born ready for such life contexts.

This is what I’ve learned so far about dealing with a loved one’s loss. That you need to maintain your composure and take things slowly, one day at a time, without any kind of guilt trips or remorses. You did your best, and definitely has been enough for them, as it should be for you as well. So try to give yourself some credit. It doesn’t seem like it, but you’re doing a great job. And one day, the sun will shine again, as bright and warm as you remember it used to.


împotriva unei mame
n-are rost sa lupti.
mai ales ca mama asta
vine tocmai din est,
din locul unde vânturile
bat mai aspru, viata curge
mai taios, cand nu incremeneste
in turture prin care reflectă
lumina din privirile oamenilor
ce inca n-au cedat pe campurile locului
de spaima vietii ce nu se mai sfarseste

dar fiecare mama are o fiica
undeva, care i se opune
dintr-un reflex neconditionat, fara capatai
sau fara început inchipuibil.
fiica mamei de la est sunt eu,
cea care sunt, exist si, ca atare, ma opun.
eu vin din sud, unde vremurile sunt altfel.
unde noaptea e mai scurta ca timp,
dar mai intensa ca emotionalitate,
unde singurul vant ce bate e vantul schimbarii.

acolo, in locul de unde vin,
absurdul se ascunde in fiecare
molecula de oxigen din aer,
impulsivitatea e o balarie ce creste pe șanț
si cu care nu-si bate nimeni capul
s-o starpeasca sau sa-i faca ceva
si zilele curg la fel de leneșe,
baloane de sapun suspendate
intre crâșmă, camp si biserica,
prea stransa impletire a nepasarii cu opulența

si-n tot vidul constant al locului
in care niciodata nu se intampla nimic
care sa merite luat in seama mai mult
de cinci minute in care te plictisesti,
eu sunt, exist si ma opun, din principiu,
fata de orice face nota discordanta
cu cea care stiu că sunt atunci
cand privirile celorlalti nu se abat spre mine

asa e, impotriva mamei n-are rost sa lupti,
mai ales cand tu vii din afara si ea din est.
dar matematicile se schimbă si regulile
se dau intr-o parte cand ii esti fiică.
atunci opoziția ta devine datorie,
căci tu esti singura care mai poate
opri explozia de irational ce o paste,
dar pentru asta trebuie sa descoperi
si sa exploatezi orice fisura i-ai gasi,
indiferent de costuri
căci drumurile vechi nu te vor duce-n locuri noi
si asta nu-i doar o poveste despre voi.

nu sunt oricare fata, eu
sunt fiica ce isi poarta
aripile de demon pe interior,
chiar daca varfurile lor ii inteapa inima.
sunt cea care a avut curaj sa ridice ochii,
sa se rupa de regula nescris-a ascultarii,
sa puna intrebari si sa ceara ce stie
ca e de drept al sau, fara sa mai accepte
compromisuri croite din sferturi de masura

sunt cea care isi poarta nebunia fățiș,
la vedere, asa cum altele poartă
bijuterii primite de la te-miri-cine.
cea care s-a nascut din haos,
care simte mirosul dezastrului
de la km distanță, si se lasa purtată de el
incotro o va duce vântul schimbarii,
singurul vant care bate prin partile ei de lume
si pe care il accepta drept complement direct.

care i-a spus vreodata temutei mame din est
ca, inainte sa ii fie ei fiică, ea e a ei insasi
si ca identitatea-i nu-i o miza de jucat
la poker sau zaruri, ca nimeni
n-o va face altceva decat este si se arata,
si care a vazut-o destramandu-se, gata sa cada
jubiland la fiecare fisura gasita, caci ea se regenera
inca o data, si inca o data, si inca o data…

caci mama de la est, atat de apriga si temuta,
e pe duca. se vede incoltita, aproape invinsa
caci din interior si cea mai grea usa poate fi deschisa,
lasand vulnerabilitatea sechestrata sa iasa
sa vina cu noi la joaca,
iar atunci controlul mamei se evapora ca ploaia de vara

era simbiozei externalizate, alienante,
s-a sfarsit cand a inceput degradarea,
cand opoziția a deprins corporalitatea
si a renunțat să-și concilieze natura cu moralitatea,
cand fiica razvratita și-a insusit anomia
existentiala ce-i da dreptul la regenerare,
odata ce-a inteles ca natura-i e emoția
cea mai singulara, pura, iar emotia
nu-i decat cealalta jumatate a haosului,
deci cautarea ordinii s-a clasat
pentru o temporalitate profund viitoare.

da, mama mea din est,
ruptura doare, de-aia
trebuie intai sa zgarii,
sa fisurezi, sa înveți
durerile constant, treptat,
sa le vezi, sa le simti cu
toate intensitatile, in toate celulele
si in toate formele lor. de asta
sunt eu, acum, aici. ca sa
te obisnuiesc cu durerea, cu
înfrângerea unei vointe obisnuite
sa i se intample toate dupa voia sa.
să-ți subliniez ca pe caiet neputinta
si să-ți pun constant sub ochi degradarea
caci altfel, mamă de la est,
n-o sa stii niciodata cum se simte ușurarea,
fiind prea legata de ce crezi ca stii. invata uitarea
inainte sa ajungi sa te inunde disperarea

asta ar putea fi despre oricine
dar, cumva, s-a nimerit sa fie
doar despre mine si despre tine,
o lebada alba si una neagra
ce stau in aceeasi cada,
una prea speriata sa sara,
alta ce tocmai a prins curaj sa spuna
ce tocmai a început sa vada,
aritmetica silabisita a unei simbioze
atipice, bazata pe contrast fundamental,
ce isi priveste apusul cand mandria
isi ascute dintii pe bancheta
din spatele unei dacii vechi, bleu-ciel
sau ce se intampla cand devine uliu bietul miel