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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