The loss of a dear one
a crippling feeling – You
crawl in the aftermath
ready to fall – Dark
thoughts shroud your
vision, your essence
drowning in a sympathy
Your thoughts swirling
catapulting in a bottomless
abyss – The missing a daily
confessing of unsaid things,
The gems shared – Love once
used to bring.
Avoid this nowhere road
toxic void – Allow yourself to
hear the flapping of wings
speaking of future bright things –
Take a deep slow breath out of the
clutches of a living death.
Let your nerve endings ignite
once again loving feelings
for those left behind – Read once
again their outpouring of love
and promises of all things kind.
Smell once again familiar
scents in a shared aromatic garden,
Let your fingers dig yet again to
plant poignant memories once again –
Your spiritual healing a necessary
urgence – For your renewed
© Don Beukes
Excerpt from the book “Imperfect Paths”
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Foreword . . .
How many people can say they have not walked on rough terrain to get to where they are today? Most of us have been bruised and beaten to find out who we really are within; to find joy in this life we have been given. We are flawed beings with imperfect paths, and those turbulent journeys can either make us or break us.
It is easy to blame our past wrongs, the people who have tarnished our trust, and the bad bets the world throws at us. But we still hold the power to make a choice to become better than the humans who hurt us; to be the voice of change by learning from the experiences which have attempted to break us. Along the many roads traveled, the decisions we make will determine who we are to become.
Take a moment to walk in another’s shoes. The poets here have opened their Pandora’s Box, not to release the personal demons that taunt or once to keep them confined, but to share how to sever the weights one is shackled to.
Donna J. Sanders, Author
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