Issue 478 | The Sun Magazine

October 2015

Readers Write


A crowing rooster, a distant train, a passionate neighbor

By Our Readers
The Dog-Eared Page

excerpted from
A Grief Observed

I had my miseries, not hers; she had hers, not mine. The end of hers would be the coming-of-age of mine. We were setting out on different roads. This cold truth, this terrible traffic regulation (“You, Madam, to the right — you, Sir, to the left”) is just the beginning of the separation which is death itself.

By C.S. Lewis


In this sad world of ours, sorrow comes to all.

Abraham Lincoln

The Sun Interview

The Geography Of Sorrow

Francis Weller On Navigating Our Losses

The work of the mature person is to carry grief in one hand and gratitude in the other and to be stretched large by them. How much sorrow can I hold? That’s how much gratitude I can give.

By Tim McKee
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

No Talking To Imaginary People

To give me a better shot at catching a long-distance ride, my father dropped me off at the Pine Valley entrance to Interstate 8, about forty miles east of San Diego. He waited till I’d arranged my equipment along the roadside, then took out his camera.

By Poe Ballantine
Essays, Memoirs, & True Stories

To The Beach

One time for no reason at all my kid brother and I decided to ride our bicycles from our small brick house all the way to Jones Beach. We got maps out of the family car and pored over them and concluded that it was about four miles to the shore. He was twelve and I was thirteen.

By Brian Doyle

The Uncircumcised

Three months after his aging daughter Rhonda gave him a one-year-old poodle-Lab-golden-retriever mix to keep as a pet, Felder came to believe that the dog — who looked at him mournfully whenever he went to the bathroom and waited for him by the door, as still as a statue, until he came out — was in fact none other than the reincarnation of his sister, Esther, may her name be a blessing.

By Jennifer Anne Moses

My Grief Affair

I met Grief at your funeral. He was wearing a T-shirt, / jeans, and flip-flops in January, smoking a joint / in the corner; he put it out just as the funeral / director rushed over.

By Jennifer Foreman

Selected Poems

from “Good People” | On the way to the wedding of his friend, his car struck a dog, and he had no time to stop, / but he’s a good person.

By Tony Hoagland

More Reasons You’re Thinking Of Killing Yourself

Because it’s embarrassing how many poems you’ve written / about killing yourself.

By Chris Bursk