letting go

this woman measured in tears
stands oblique to the drumming
when she bends her head 
those ears like waterfalls

and shoulders calculating ache
if ache could nestle, or if ache 
was some thing between blades

chopped onion, or the stretched cord
you don’t want cut, letting go the crying.

Written for msjadeli’s dVerse poetics prompt from May 4:

Today’s challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to choose one or more of Kubler-Ross’ stages of grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance) to write about, in relation to your, or another’s, current state of being. Or maybe you aren’t in any of these stages at all. Write about that. There will be few restrictions on the writing challenge today.

14 thoughts on “letting go

  1. A woman “measured in tears” with “ears like waterfalls” is so inventive and a joy to read.
    “if ache was some
    thing between blades”
    I can feel the visceral nature of these sensory overloads. My heart goes out to this person.
    Fabulous write to the prompt.

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