you believe that saying the right thing
will dissolve the pain, that you should
know how to ascend the sunken
afloat in powerlessness without
the words to reach the aggrieved
restore their hearts to harmony
don’t be swallowed by your lacking
the right words never have been
what the grieving seek
sufficient is whole face listening
eyes intent to bridge being
ears strong enough to hear
without changing the subject
and you can do that
make that choice
First published on VITA BREVIS PRESS 2018
For those are are grieving today. I send this to you with love.
He bought it used. It was heavy and solid like home. Soon he began to peel the layers away. It was painted antique green and underneath she remembered a layer of white, then bright orange. She was not sure what the the other colors were but it had been coated and recoated by many who had different preferences. He spent hours cleaning away paint brushed into the crevices and cracks. It was a labor of care to reach the wood grain underneath all of those years. She watched him work off and on knowing he would continue. He told her it would be hers but her doubt piled up with the days. Through the sanding and peeling of hours of evenings. It was taking a long time, so much time and more than he realized it would. After all of that scraping away to bring the beauty to light, she knew that it couldn’t be passed to another, even a daughter that he loved. It wouldn’t be hers now. Not because it was an antique piano, but because of the time it took him to bring it back to life. When he said, “Yes, of course it is yours.” She was surprised by the love of those hours. It remains with her today.
"Choosing to live and love with our whole hearts is an act of defiance. " - Brene Brown
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