Monday, January 18, 2016

Today I Believe in the Power of Mourning



Today I believe in the power of mourning.
I believe in primal wails of a father giving a last embrace.
I believe in friends visiting in droves for a final goodbye.
Today I believe in the nurses'  tender caring for the dying
    gently combing her hair; tending to her every need.


Today I believe in the power of mourning.
I believe in the raw ache of a mother losing her daughter.
I believe in her unstoppable tears springing from a deep well of anguish.
Today I believe in a holding of the grieving, holding of sadness
     holding of a sobbing body aching for a life that will be no more.


Today I believe in the power of mourning.
I believe in the inspiration that comes from remembering.
I believe in coming together to bear memories of the one who passed.
Today I believe in the bonding of the living that allows
     the releasing of the hand of the one who is loved into the hand of God.





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12 comments:

  1. Deborah, this is so raw, real, and powerful. Thank you for sharing your belief in power of mourning. It is something to reflect upon before sleep. Peace to you!

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  2. Beautiful and powerful. I'm so sorry for the loss in your life. May the shared memories bring you comfort.

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  3. Beautiful and powerful. I'm so sorry for the loss in your life. May the shared memories bring you comfort.

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  4. Thank you, Deb, for this lovely poem. To journey through loss is one of our most powerful experiences, isn't it? It binds us to each other and to the universe in inexplicable ways.

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  5. Wow. That says it all about this slice of life. And you capture it beautifully and poignantly in a way that draws me right into that space. Sending love and peace to you all.

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  6. And all those varied things you include mean that each of us can choose that part of mourning that feels right. This is beautiful loving, Deb. Thank you.

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  7. This is beautiful. 'The power of mourning' a beautiful expression.

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  8. This is an amazing and very real poem. I believe in holding, holding, holding. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Just beautiful, and so powerful.

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  10. Moving use of rhythm & memorable use of words. All gets to the core for all: our hearts.

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