“A poem is the very image of life expressed in its eternal truth.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Monday, March 25, 2013

It May Seem Like ...

A terrifying
tsunami of loss and doom
threatens to plunder.

One's strength cannot match
the wave’s relentless brute force.
One must go within.

Power in silence
willful surrender to peace
greater force is found.


Poetic Soul said...

Your writing is different, a beautiful kind of different.. Love it

Gail said...

Hi Judy - I s feel and need the power of your poetic words. Oh how I wish we were sharing a common experience of hot air balloon rides or hand gliding or rock climbing and the like!
But Oh yes, MS is a storm we face, which can leave behind such destruction as it hits hard at times. When I emerge, and can stand and move I feel a relief and a victory - often fleeting but enough to get me to hold on to what is left.
Loving you so much

Muffie said...

I think I'll be the sea glass found after the storm!

Patrick said...

Interesting as I often use surf to explain why I choose to be a MS spouse caregiver. Every morning I get up and choose to crash to shore again.

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick

Robert Parker said...

Surrender to peace, indeed.

I'm sure somewhere there's a Zen poem that says something along the lines of "What do we truly have? Nothing. In having nothing, we have everything."

In not contending, we vanquish.

Doesn't mean I wouldn't be grateful for a better-functioning nervous system. Still... not contending has its own, very special, strengths.

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

As always, my poems are as much a self pep talk as anything. Certainly my life has been full of storms in this last year. Yeah, I have to look within. I’m working the program!

Poetic Soul, thanks for coming by to visit and thank you for your kind words.

Gail, yep, I wish it were something else we were sharing.

Muff, you want to compare our colors?

Patrick, I have to say that is the most creative way of describing caregiving I have ever heard.

Robert, there is a lot of wisdom in your words. Now I have to accept it.

Laura said...

this is a tremendous strength and gift... to find the words within, and the emotions beneath them to lift you to the surface amid the turbulence. Truly, even if you or I did not have MS, there would be other oceans, tossing us about. This is simply what it means to be human, in any body. Ups and downs, and occasional moments of calm floating. Keep writing, it is a wonderful life raft.

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

Laura, thank you. It pleases me to think that we are sharing that raft, even part of the time.