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Honeymoon of Mourning

April 2017
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  • Publisher
    Adonis Press
  • Published
    10th April 2017
  • ISBN 9780932776563
  • Language English
  • Pages 100 pp.
  • Size 5.5" x 8.5"

This beautiful book is a moving collection of ninety poems that explore themes of death, separation, and bereavement. 

When a beloved partner dies, a long-lasting bond comes to an end. The one left behind enters silence, and the daily exchange of words is no longer there. Former Waldorf teacher Maarten Ploeger has written an inner dialogue with his wife following her death—an intimate conversation that offers invaluable rewards for the reader. 

This is a special book that gives strength to those during the initial phase of loss, and a sense of wonder and appreciation to all readers. 


Honeymoon of mourning 
maelstrom of feelings 
reigniting love 

You on your wings there 
I here on mine 
there and here 
melting in crucible 
of undivided 
being together still 

Heaven is no place 
is consciousness 
here as there 
there as here 
a dance moving us 

Softly we touch 
with feelings of before 
again in love 
sensing again the wings of the butterfly 
the butterfly you have become

Maarten Ploeger

Maarten Ploeger was born in the Netherlands in 1944. He was a lifelong Waldorf teacher in Amsterdam. He has written two novels for young adults published in Dutch.