Saturday, October 9, 2021

What Hands & Hearts Hold

Linking today with the Sunday Muse for Muse #181  come join us!

 

Speech is a prank of Parliament,
Tears a trick of the nerve, –
But the heart with the heaviest freight on
Doesn't always swerve.
~Emily Dickinson

 

When my hands were small

I could not hold the heaviness of many truths

although my heart could carry every loss like a fire fighter

leaving a burning building with lives to save

 still I wanted to know what lied ahead

I wanted answers to every question

to know why God was everywhere

and my mother could not be found

uncertainty leaves a certain ache

not knowing the next move

nor what will happen next

has a way of moving us all

one way or another

 like pain can lead a man to drink

and yet love can do the same

I have come to know that there is movement in all things

in the gift of joy and the loss of grief

a bird swiftly flies to a higher branch

 yet his feathers slowly fall

each moving somewhere different than where they began

my hands have grown with time and callus

and I have held the heaviness of knowing many things

and still there are many questions

even though my heart has learned to hold too much

 like a bishop holds the sacrament

and a knight his mighty longsword

bravery only moves forward

and love is always brave.


15 comments:

  1. "uncertainty leaves a certain ache"

    I am feeling this now in our strange times.

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  2. I love the Dickinson quote and the part about God being everywhere but the mother nowhere to be found!

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  3. Yes definitely, love is often brave — but is it right, or does it see through a glass darkly?

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  4. Carrie, I love this piece, the way you express the weight of loss, of life's unknowables and the steadfastness of love. ❤

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  5. Carrie, this is a magnificent poem. It lifts the heart and gives strength.

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  6. Carrie, your poetry holds so much of the essence of You .. your life. This is immense ~~~~

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  7. Gorgeous piece.

    My favorite line:
    “like a bishop holds the sacrament”

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  8. Love is always brave indeed, and not for the faint-hearted. Lovely writing, Carrie.

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  9. So many questions to ponder. Love is always brave as it is filled with
    uncertainty. Why is it that feathers fall so slow ? Now, you have my
    mind wandering, Carrie.

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  10. "although my heart could carry every loss like a fire fighter /
    leaving a burning building with lives to save" Oh! Oh! That is so good!!!

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  11. Wow! Excellent questions to ponder..
    Love the quote.

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  12. Sounds like a heroe's journey. I particularly like the last 2 lines. Indeed.

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