Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Healing

"The excursion is the same when you go looking for your sorrow as when you go looking for your joy." - Eudora Welty

"Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding." - Kahlil Gibran

Sometimes I have to go my own way. Sometimes the apparent right thing is not the right thing. How can we know? If I had gone down that fork in the road instead of this one everything would be different. Or maybe not. How can we know? How dare I say things like, "It's for the best?" Yet I do and so do you. It's what we do.

Sometimes I feel like not knowing will paralyze me. Sometimes I do better.

When I was much younger I felt that what I didn't know might kill me. What you didn't know might kill me too. The burden of things - it just made sense to drink, drink heavily. So I did, this after it was clearly demonstrated to me that I was not wanted. I really did nearly die of this. It was a long time ago, a whole lifetime.

The Healing

When I was so sick
you fed me your fish stock soup
made the old time way
and you hummed a song
that felt stronger than the oak,
the tree in your yard
where the squirrels live
and those wise black crows light,
but it's best this way.

September 11, 2009 9:53 AM
Last line changed
‎December 2, ‎2010 7:14 PM


  1. I like the photo image, a good place to think through, to heal.

  2. Jozien, I am glad you are here! I have missed you, sweetheart.

    Anthony, I have found a whole group of Russian photographers that are into enhanced landscape photo work. That's where these landscapes I use come from.

  3. It's amazing what we do to ourselves to avoid feeling what we feel.

  4. "Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding." Oh, I can spend a day looking at just this, as though I were watching once again that eggshell to break.

    Your poem - acceptance? Acceptance seems to be the way of everything.


  5. When I replaced the last line of my poem with the one that is now there I knew I created an ambiguity beyond any answer because there are too many possible answers. I don't mean any of them or all of them because what I mainly mean is how I could not stay where the healing took place, just could not. That inability lies deeper than any explanations.


The chicken crossed the road. That's poultry in motion.

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