My subject in today’s poem is identified as a woman, but mainly because the pronoun ‘her’ fit the text that was already emerging in the sonnet. In my heart, the subject is meant to honor all of my friends and acquaintances [regardless of persuasion] who have battled, or are still battling, their way up from the abysses of fear, anxiety, depression, abuse, or any form of personal darkness, whether inwardly generated or externally imposed. What you have done, and are doing, is powerful. What you can do may be more than you, or I, or anyone can possibly yet imagine. Continue your journeys upward, my friends. Sing from the branches of the Tree of Life for a change. Newness can be a beautiful thing!
From Her Grave
Arising from the heart of silent night,
the poignant voice of one whose singular
accomp’niment was always, only, her
own shadow, takes the unaccustomed flight—
Ascending, she now meets the morning sun
and hears at last a sound she’d never heard;
the brilliant singing of a splendid bird,
a song that chases shadows, ev’ry one—
And hers, along with all the shadows, flies;
now wakened, she is free to wholly shed
her residence in shade among the dead
and fly up, singing gladly, to the skies—
So freed, she dares to trust her new-fledged wing
A happy, healthy and hopeful New Year to everyone!