A Lightness of Being

to witness your pain
and to take it in
where it stirs my heart
and compassion reigns
connects our humanity
eloquent and deep
we meet in the middle
and clasp our hands

tears fall freely
without feeling vulnerable
knowing we’re loved
with no hesitation
reaching around
our embrace enfolds
and healing begins
from the warmth
of our emotions

there is no weakness sensed
I will hear what you grieve
held in a space of safety
where love always lives
I will be there for you
as you are for me
our pain will diminish
as the two of us reveal
let me shore you up
through life’s sufferings
bring you ease, a smile
and a lightness of being

I wrote this poem minutes after watching the movie “Evelyn” about a family who loses a member to suicide. They don’t speak of it for 14 years until this documentary which begins their healing. https://www.evelynmovie.com/

Joining dVerse Poets tonight with Lill as our host for Open Link Night: https://dversepoets.com/2019/09/19/ever-been-close-to-a-whale/

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  1. A very touching poem with heart felt emotion and feeling. Nice to see you here again, Gayle. Hope you are well.


  2. So sad, Gayle.


  3. This is a beautiful post….almost an ode to grieving.
    These lines were especially beautiful to me:
    “I will hear what you grieve
    held in a space of safety
    where love always lives”


  4. kaykuala

    and healing begins
    from the warmth
    of our emotions

    It is most true that emotions are stirred first before any reactions are recognised!



    • Hi Hank, so true. Many people are ashamed of their emotions and think that they are weak to express them. I don’t believe that! I think it is a strength. So happy to have you visit.


  5. never knowing

    loss shared
    words of comfort
    one to another
    and back
    embracing emptiness
    of questions unanswered

    Ken G


    • A lovely comment, Ken. And how true…the survivors often are left with many unanswered questions and blame themselves. So tragic.


  6. This is a really thoughtful response and you create words that can help heal. Your poem flows with real insight into loss and the need to share.


    • That documentary was so powerful and yet I couldn’t believe that none of the family members had spoken about the suicide. Some hadn’t even spoken his name for years. I’m glad my words had some insight about the need to share your feelings to heal. Thanks so much for your visit.

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  7. A powerful response to the documentary, Gayle. I pray to be there for someone who may need me and for those who are contemplating taking their own lives.


    • Thank you, Victoria. That documentary had a profound affect on me. Watching as these siblings, mother, father and friends come together for the first time and speak of their loss was amazing to witness. Yes, we all like to hope that we can somehow comfort another into changing his thoughts of suicide.


  8. I think healing begins with conversation. Many times we go through the motions but, no one really says how they feel inside. Afraid, of their own vulnerability in many ways. Everyone trying to be strong when in reality everyone is crumbling inside. I have felt that crumbling inside at funerals of family members. We all walk around numb and then time passes and
    we still don’t talk about the loss the grief.


    • I agree, you have to talk about your feelings otherwise they stay bottled up and just keep the pain going that much more. That documentary was such a good example of how opening up and being vulnerable (in safety) can help the healing immensely. Thanks for coming by, Truedessa.


  9. I felt the sincerity of your words. I can’t imagine how intense the feelings must have been for those who haven’t talked about something for so long that needs to get out.

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  10. Suicide is a difficult grief, as there is so much shame and blame involved. Death is difficult enough with out all the extra baggage. (K)


  11. You’re so very right K. Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts with me.


  12. Rob Kistner

     /  September 23, 2019

    Hey Gayle — Hi poet!. Wanted to let you know I am “temporarily” sightless in my right eye from a retinal disease. It is a struggle fir me to write, but I will still wrote my pieces, going very slowly. Reading at any length is extremely difficult, and causes painful headache — so wanted to say thanks for contributing to OLN. But I won’t be able to read what you wrote, yet I wanted to visit. I spent a little time writing this best I could with one eye, i copied it, and I am pasting it in here to say hi. Got an operation coming up in about a week when the infection is down. Hopefully things will get back to normal.thanks, Rob


  13. Thank you, Gayle. Posting for you in 100TPC.



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