Geology of a Broken Heart

Charis, Lake Ediza, California, 1937, by Edward Weston


Also linking with Imaginary Gardens open link Monday.


"God can heal a broken heart, but He has to have all the pieces". ~Author Unknown


We cautiously excavate our  life like a young geologist
unsure of what to let lay and what to keep.

Digging through each hurt like rubble
and dusting off the loss for all to see.

We examine all the evidence of life
hypothesizing the source of pain

looking for some reason
hoping for proof or someone to blame.

We leave ourselves wide open
when we search with eyes closed tight.

Trudging further in the mud instead
of digging deeper down inside.

We take on the heavy burden
to somehow carry on the journey home.

Never understanding these worn artifacts
were not meant for us to bear alone.




I believe that the process of recovery and the lesson of letting go is an ongoing journey we never stop re-learning.  Life is full of adversity that we must face everyday, and like choosing salad verses french fries, it is a constant choice. With every problem that arises (and trust me, they will show up, like an unwanted bill in the mail), we have the power to give it to God, and seek His guidance, or to hold on to the situation ourselves, and lean on our own strength and will.  I choose the lighter option. :-)





Comments

  1. An interesting take on the photo prompt, Carrie. I could feel the process of recovery, the necessary examination and reclamation.

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  2. I do too, and you are so perfectly spot on! Did I mention before that I just adore your header photo for your blog- such a meaningful photo actually- it's better than is the cup half empty or full...onward and upward!

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    1. I love the header photo as well....I see that onward and upward flow of it....glad you pointed it out...I had not really put it to words in my head. :-)

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  3. You have written this perfectly, the dissection, the wishing there was someone to blame..........LOVE the closing lines. And the afterword. They "were not meant for us to bear alone". So true. Very deep philosophy in this poem, Carrie, and it was written with a wise heart.

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    1. Thank you Sherry.....You are the one with a wise heart! :-)

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  4. This is what I call stunning poetry. You have taken a picture prompt and elevated it to a real poetical truth, so that the picture is no longer necessary to the impact of the words.
    Excellent work.

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    1. Kerry what a wonderful compliment...you have made my day! :-)

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  5. This one speaks a lot through emotions and expressions ... a wonderful message !!!

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    1. Green Speck you are always such a wonderful encourager...always a joy to hear from you!

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  6. so true on how letting go is a constant part of the journey and the healing...and the continuing on as well....really great piece...i like the quote as well up front, it plays well with yout verse....

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    1. Thank you Brian. You always inspire me onward! :-)

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  7. I delight in your choice of option...

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    1. Always glad when I can be a delight...thank you Berowne! :-)

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  8. It's hard to search with eyes closed tight...

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    1. That is for sure Tess! As crazy of a line as it is....I have done it so many times in the matters of the heart. :-)

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  9. This is phenomenal! Absolutely spot on!

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    1. Helena you are so kind....thanks for the inspiring words! :-)

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  10. I like your last two lines. Nice poem.

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  11. This is so beautiful and truthful.

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  12. Your words definitely gave great meaning and depth to the photograph, Carrie. Somehow we carry on that journey, don't we?

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    1. Thank you Mary....and you are right somehow we do. :-)

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  13. The depth of feeling, emotion comes through in your words ... loud and clear, Carrie.

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  14. especially love the last two lines.moving poem of mature wisdom.

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  15. Carrie this is so beautiful. Just read Solitary Tear over at Poets United and I have to say, WOW. Brilliant, touching perfect :-) thank you

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  16. The lesson of letting go is a lesson learned indeed...

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  17. Well Done Carrie!
    You always find a way with nature to teach us a lesson!
    I love what you have done here :D
    It reminds me of this book:
    http://www.amazon.com/Something-More-Excavating-Your-Authentic/dp/0446677086/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1352230647&sr=1-1&keywords=sarah+van+breathnach

    You poem is a gem! :D

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  18. This is a lovely post Carrie and I agree leaving it to God is the lighter choice but oh how often we struggle to do just that.

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  19. Oh I love your words and your wisdom. Thank you. Have to return and read this post again and again.

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  20. yes wisdom in lovely words.... Loved this. The picture above(Blog) is so so good...

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  21. I think the last stanza is ingenious!

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    1. Your blog header is stunning!! Where is that?

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  22. Hey Carrie, wonderful and insightful post. God is my Healer. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.

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  23. Hi Carrie, this is really bringing out some powerful stuff !, stratified, and such contrast between analysis and feeling. I loved it

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  24. What a special ending--"these worn artifacts were not meant for us to bear alone."

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  25. Carrie
    Beautiful words - thoughtfully placed.

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  26. A lovely excavation. He will bear our burdens...

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