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VxPoem ID: 22479


Posted: June 21st. 2006 10:20:37 PM

Views: 2103

To the Goddess in my Sorrow

by Cheryl

[WVox Sponsor]

Age Group: Adult

I stood at the threshold of agony,
unwilling to cross into the terrain
of torturous wretchedness facing me.
How can I navigate the fields of pain?
I pondered, hesitant, trying again
I entered and felt my bravery wane.

I drew a deep breath to steady my nerves
while surveying the cruel desolation.
Cold terror was draining all my reserves
as I shivered at my isolation.
Struggling with my soul's trepidation
I endured my fate with resignation.

I wandered through the landscape of despair,
searching for remnants of what I had known.
Each salvaged piece brought its torture to bear,
a reminder of loss more clearly shown.
The fragments gathered made my spirit groan;
I kneeled to Goddess, my lot to bemoan.

"Cailleach, please help me, your counsel I seek
for I am despondent and forsaken.
I cannot bear an existence so bleak
as this, where my whole life has been taken,
yet I live. Or has Death been mistaken
in leaving me a new day to waken?"

As I knelt granting my tears their release
Her loving Spirit wrapped tightly around,
cradling my soul and bestowing Her peace.
She showed me Her endless mercies abound,
raised up and set me upon higher ground,
bequeathing Her strength 'til my own I found.

Thus filled with power imparted to me
from the merciful Goddess descended,
I rose from the depths of my misery
by the love that the Goddess extended.
A heart once shattered, gracefully mended;
my disconsolate grieving has ended.

Author's Notes: I wrote this shortly after the sudden death of my husband from a heart attack in 1996 (I have since remarried) .

Author's Location: Newark, Delaware
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