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May 28, 2015

Often times

the weak spot is considered the


place to strike

emotion to veil

stock to sell

mold to fill

why is the trudging, the opposite of fine,

grief, darkness, depression, pain

admittance, foible, fallibility seen as


What if the softest most tender





What if every expression of emotion/

in all its varied forms








breaks open, waves hitting and

knocking down, mouths filling with salt water

hair mats with the ocean’s foam

and sand in every crevice.

What if with my tears and its tears and every

tear shed like a holy baptism of acceptance/

arms splayed open, pummeled

make you

and me


What if the moment when the tears

hiding in the throat’s middle chamber

in a ball growing exponentially with each

emotion swallowed

back down

pushed down

threatening to rip open

the vessel finally free at last.

What if once released and let out of its cage,

rusty hinges creaking their protest

the torrents rage and

throat opens and

a melody so ethereal unfolds in its place.

What if the pain and the truth mixed by the

light of our witness

washes everyone touches everyone/

a river

where we rest our

weary bodies and

rocks cool, smooth on the bottoms of our feet

relief splashing, weights dissipating, strong

from the journey

souls buoyant

breathing in the torrents of



5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 28, 2015 11:20 am

    …and breathe. Just glorious. Yes, what if…

  2. May 28, 2015 11:39 am


    Briar uttered the phrase, “Strong sorrow” yesterday. Love.

  3. May 28, 2015 11:39 am

    Love to you. xoxox

  4. May 28, 2015 12:10 pm

    I’m so glad you published this. I hope you know what an effect these words have had on me. Whenever I feel “pummeled” I always think it’s because I’m doing something wrong. This poem is such liberation!!

  5. May 29, 2015 6:53 pm

    I love the questions in this post. Thank you for this… ‘What if the softest most tender spot is the magic?’ You’ve opened me up and poured in torrents of truth and the desire to reach into those ‘negative’ moments and find the swell of opportunity.

Give me your grit.

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