Sunday, November 25, 2007

sounds of silence

it's a long journey, this life we all live. we rejoice, we falter, we mourn, we hope, we believe.

some days are harder than others, and when people i've come to love are hurting my heart hurts for them too. and the futility of this realm smacks me in the face, it smarts and stings, because i can't be who i want to be, to be the friend i would be if we were close. the one that comes round with wine or a soft blanket, the one who would hold you tightly and not try and talk.

Bon and Alejna, for two different reasons and yet sitting in the same center of grief, i am standing here faraway yet next to you. i am holding you close from here.


On Pain - Kahlil Gibran
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity:
For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,
And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.

16 comments:

slouching mom said...

My heart aches for them. And the ache has nowhere productive or helpful to go.

I understand.

painted maypole said...

love kahlil gibran. wonderful to share this with these 2 hurting gals.

Blog Antagonist said...

Internet intimacy can be a double edged sword, can't it? It gives us the privilege of sharing lives, without the satisfaction of providing physical comfort. I know how that hurts.

You are a good friend.

Kyla said...

This is why I love you.

I visited both of them.

Thanks for being you, friend.

Aliki2006 said...

Beautiful post--I ache for them both, too.

crazymumma said...

I'll bet many of your friends come to you for your strength and solace.

FENICLE said...

How true - most of our pain is self-chosen. WOW.

flutter said...

This is phenomenal, jen. I cannot imagine their pain

Jenn said...

Wordless, but not hopeless.

Hoping for them; thanking God for you.

Family Adventure said...

Jen, you are a true friend. I visited both blogs with a heavy heart.

Heidi

we_be_toys said...

beautiful verse. I never know what to say in that kind of situation, and here you are, spouting verse! I am in awe...

The Expatriate Chef said...

The Prophet is my favorite book on faith. Thank you for those words. Blessings and thoughts to those in need of them.

Julie Pippert said...

Is it strange how much harder I find it to watch friends go through tough times?

Thank you for thinking of these friends.

P&PTs for them

Julie
Using My Words

Lawyer Mama said...

Oh, I love The Prophet.

I'm thinking of them both.

Janet said...

A beautiful choice of words, jen, for two women in pain.

mitzh said...

You are one of a kind, Jen. Just one of a kind....