This morning I felt like this photograph and it’s accompanying poem:
A Soul Beyond Eclipse
Sometimes I feel weary in mind, heart, and spirit.
Yet I breathe, opening my eyes of failing sight;
somehow finding strength to carry on in faith.
Despite a beaming sun and lucent sky,
the shadow of the moon chills me
bone & marrow.
The eclipse of my soul obscures the illumination of hope, only the stinging scars of youth and frailties of today I see.
Suddenly a face I see as in a dream:
a nameless muse who with but one touch animates new life.
A song wells up within me & aspiration fills my wings;
melodic words become a circle of fire breaching the dark.
Light of dusk fills me with a prayer of healing & creation;
I offer my burdens at the altar and slumber, becoming as ceremony smoke.
Renewed I rise with dawn, filled with songs, poems, & prayers;
the circle of fire becomes my arc of resurrection…
En Lak Etch…
Frank de Jesus Acosta
Amid the fast paced weekend of visiting with friends certain themes came up in conversation. Several people in my life are facing much stress and heavy emotional burdens lately.They or their family members are facing terminal illness, drug addiction, struggles with children, and other issues.
What can one offer to their friend who is going through these times except a listening ear, some words of support? Sometimes there is that fine line, what can one say that won’t be trite or misconstrued?
Could someone just say, “That sucks big time?”
Actually, I did overhear that, from a young teenager saying that to one of my kids, who nodded his head gravely. I think he felt understood.
what can someone say when we want to let friends know we feel badly for them?
or at least put that sentence at the very end.
everything will be okay.