Then Joy Stepped In

A short bereavement poem about coming to terms with grief and finding joy again, sometimes read as a funeral poem or eulogy.

Then Joy Stepped In

Said she, 'I will not live with grief from morrow unto morrow.

My heart cries out for some relief, 'Good-bye, my little sorrow.'

She closed the windows of her home and pulled down every blind.

'I'm going forth, ' she cried, 'to roam. You, Grief, can stay behind.'

'And I'll be gone the livelong day, expect me back to-night.'


Grief wanly watched her go away into the warmth and light;

With quickened step and brightened eyes she mingled with the throng.

Instead of pale Grief's moans and sighs she heard Endeavour's song.

She saw a sister, crossed the road and asked her how she fared:

Then helped to lift her heavy load and in the burden shared.


Throughout the day Self was suppressed whilst Service took its place.

When she returned at night to rest - of Grief there was no trace!

But Joy stepped forth and sweetly said,

'May I now be your friend instead?'


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