Surrender to the tide

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If I can help you to know

Its okay to feel sadness

Please let me

I know it should not be so

That we need permission to grieve

And I have heard it said

That grief feels so much out of our control

Like a tidal wave that threatens to drown us

That is only natural that we would try to run

Or lock all the doors and windows shut with bolts of iron

Trying to pretend that all is fine

But really what we most need

Is to surrender

And allow ourselves to be tumbled about in the breakers

That pull us down to the bottom of a deep blue sea

But that said

It is not an easy thing to do

When everything in our life seems to go askew

And we are left standing all alone

Holding just a tattered remnant

Of what once was such a precious

Garment

Even now I struggle to find the words

To explain what it might mean to feel it

Allowing ourselves to let go of the barricades

So all I will say is this

Please remember

Grief really is nothing less than the measure

Of your longing and love for

The most precious and valuable of things

4 thoughts on “Surrender to the tide

  1. Your insightful verse resonated a tune on everyone of my heart-strings, truly beautifully worded, and these two lines touched my soul
    “That grief feels so much out of our control
    Like a tidal wave that threatens to drown us”
    I’ve written many poems trying to explain those deep feelings of grief that stay with us, however as time goes by we do learn how to cope and accept the drowning waves that sweep over us. Maybe this poem, although I’ve so many others. https://ivors20.wordpress.com/2018/06/24/memory-rain-2/

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