Monday, November 29, 2010

letting go the stones

i forgot for awhile

that life is a gift

i lost faith

in the miracle of each breath

my soul was darkened

to gifts of love and laughter

“even in laughter the heart is sorrowful”

these walls of pain

would not be breached

they stood impenetrable, unbroken

by flesh or Spirit

yet i kept building

heavy stones weighing me down

beneath the stormy waters.

but i have had enough of drowning,

at least for today

and today is all i have

so i am letting go the stones

of grief and doubt

casting them into the waters

floating up

to grasp the hand of the One

who upholds my head

and fills my darkened soul

with love and light and



Kay L. Davies said...

Beautiful, Leslie. It is always so good to let go of doubt and grief, to allow yourself to be uplifted, to let your soul be filled with love and light. You are so right.
-- K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Nancy said...

This is beautiful, Leslie, as were your kind words at my place. Joining you in spirit, giving those stones a mighty heavy. Keep grasping that hand, friend. It is a good, strong one. Blessings.

deb said...

profoundly beautiful , Leslie.

love to you in this,

and in everything.

Elizabeth said...

very beautiful -- I kept reading and scrolling down, expecting to find that it was written by a famous poet!

I wish for release for you, Leslie -- of those heavy stones.

S. Etole said...

letting go of the things that burden us ... it seems difficult but is such a relief when done

I like your new layout ...

Graceful said...

I'm with Elizabeth -- I wrongly assumed it was written by someone famous. You hit the heavens with this one, friend. I hope you are feeling better -- I am so sorry you were ill over Thanksgiving. Praying for you...

B. Meandering said...

Okay, friend, that is poet worthy material. I too was wondering about an author's name, but I had a feeling the author might be you.
The words blend well together and the imagery you set up is sublime.
You turned your pain into a work of art. Beautiful.

Dianne said...


Melanie said...

You are the poet, friend. It's beautiful.

Jodi said...

Hugs and prayers

Joyce said...

beautifully and so heart felt.xo

becky at abbeystyle said...

Lovely Leslie, your powerful words are strung together with beauty...letting go of the weighty issues is such a relief...

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

for sure, the moment is now, and that is the power. i wish you courage, sweet.

LauraX said...

oh Leslie, a deep sigh of relief on your behalf was released with a smile as I read through your beautiful poem, your truth as you wrote it in the moment.

Francesca said...

Despair and hope. Life is a gift and a miracle. I forget it too.

Misha Leigh. said...

This comforts me. It's so beautiful.

Melissa Campbell said...

Oh, when we learn to let go of the heavy...your poem is beautiful!

Joybird said...

Yes, Leslie. You're right, it's totally the same thing these God containment wall. I love this poem. Beautiful. And interestingly enough, you wrote this the same day that I lost Stinkerbell. Not that all I've been dealing with is due to her, but I was just thinking this morning how the last 6 months have been about grieving and that it began with losing her. I notice seemingly random patterns like that a lot. I see them, but I can't usually interpret them.