To love life

to love it even
when you have no stomach for it
and everything you’ve held dear
crumbles like burnt paper in your hands,
your throat filled with the silt of it.
When grief sits with you, its tropical heat
thickening the air, heavy as water
more fit for gills than lungs;
when grief weights you like your own flesh
only more of it, an obesity of grief,
you think, How can a body withstand this?
Then you hold life like a face
between your palms, a plain face,
no charming smile, no violet eyes,
and you say, yes, I will take you
I will love you, again.

– Ellen Bass

Notes:

Smile and be well today.

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24 Comments on “To love life”

  1. PigLove says:

    Very nice. Mom says she can relate to that. XOXO – Bacon

  2. Beautiful, thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Thank you for making me look that grief straight in the face.

  4. Susan says:

    I hope you’re well today too.

  5. When we are brave enough to face the full spectrum of our emotions, the joy and pain alike, we come closer to overcoming the suffering that haunts us.

  6. I love this. Have a wonderful day!

  7. Yesenia says:

    Lovely. Enjoy your weekend 🙂

  8. Sandra says:

    Nice timing. Do you peer into my mind when you put these blog posts together in your mind?


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