all you need to do is to still yourself; is to turn toward one another, is to stay.

I know how your mind

rushes ahead

trying to fathom

what could follow this,

What will you do,

where will you go,

how will you love?

You will want

to outrun the grief.

You will want

to keep turning towards

the horizon,

watching for what was lost

to come back,

to return to you

and never leave again.

For now,

hear me when I say

all you need to do

is to still yourself;

is to turn toward one another,

is to stay.


and see what comes

to fill

the gaping hole

in your chest.

Wait with your hands open

to receive what could never come

except to what is empty

and hollow.

You cannot know it now,

cannot even imagine

what lies ahead,

but I tell you

the day is coming

when breath will

fill your lungs

as it never has before,

and with you own ears

you will hear words

coming to you new

and startling,

You will dream dreams

and you will see the world

ablaze with blessing.

Wait for it.

Still yourself.


From: The Cure for Sorrow: A book of blessings for times of grief. By Jan Richardson

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