I am not sure that I can really write about loss in a direct way - I generalised not naming the person I lost in the prose poem - I find that it is also complicated because it is making something really intimate and private - public , and this in a way raises personal issues about how far does one want to publicize one's family - especially members living. In addition to this, if it is a parent - the grief you felt for one - and love - might work against your relationship with other parent. It can be said about all relations I suppose. I am delighted to see other members responded in different ways.
I got hold of two books by H.G. Wells who ever since I had to read his History of Mr Polly at school I have been a great fan. His books have been broadcast and filmed a lot - Orson Welles scared the hell out of America when he dramatised one - and there have been several "Time Machine" movies. I love his short stories - I got his complete collection yesterday for a bargain - though it is not in the best condition - and a book of his on the future (collected articles) which is great fun to read. Don't you just love those books from the past that say something about our time or a bit later. Wells was interested in 2027. He however like most sci-fi writers was more concerned with his own time - and used the future or predictions about the future to satirise or chide his own period. He disliked Fritz Lang's Metropolis very much on the grounds that it was not really futuristic and totally implausible in its thesis. Moreover Lang did not acknowledge Capek's ROBOT - which is true Capek and his family should have like Sarah Palin is doing and that reality woman with her kiss - patented the term Robot . Can you imagine how much money it would have made. Now if only I could patent my surname Pain --- it would be very Painful for you. :-)))))))