After Hearing A Friend’s Devastating News


I thought by now I’d know what to say,
knowing by heart these woods
and the path,
its straightaways and curves,
rises and dips,
places where the surest of footing
can be lost,
and the questions –
the endless questions –
to which there are no magic answers.

There is just
hanging in there,
putting one foot in front of the other.

I feel I should have more to give.
Instead I rush
with empty pockets,
full heart, wordless,
to say
the answers can only be known
by walking it out.
Oh! And one more thing,
I am willing to walk it with you,
at whatever distance works best.

About Marilyn

Reading, thinking, listening, writing and talking about faith, creativity, ESL for refugees, grief and finding the story in a story. Student of Spanish. Foe of procrastination. Cheez-it fan. People person with hermit tendencies or vice-versa. Thank you so much for reading.
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One Response to After Hearing A Friend’s Devastating News

  1. pastordt says:

    Exactly right.


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