A Mournful Beauty

I spent last week in Ontario, another session of Orphan Wisdom School complete. I am left with the richness of love and heartbreak that this endeavor of learning has filled me with. I would not want it any other way. Before I stepped onto this path all I had was an aching, painful, grey sense that life was not supposed to be this way. I am now learning to articulate in some small and humble way, why it came to be this way and what we are collectively longing for and grieving. Perhaps I should not say articulating, since as I sit here at this keyboard I feel at a loss to even begin to convey the majesty and wonder of what transpired in Golden Lake last week. I am not yet a master of this mother tongue I wield. So I will simply offer here a poem, some of that which comes from the place in me that is digesting, composting, fermenting the learnings that took place. More will be shared when the gods of time deem it right, for now, just this…

Where do the brokenhearted go?
Carrying on their shoulders the weight
of ten thousand years of sorrow
still tall under the burden
eyes open, there is no place to hide.
Let us walk together now.
Lean your troubles on my troubles
Rest your weight against my shoulder
dark times have come for sure.
As we stand to face,
what was behind us, and before us
all along.
The only place I know to go
calls to me so sweetly,
and then howls in the voice of a wolf.
Turn to the river that flows
mound the troubles deep and wide,
this canoe can hold plenty of weight
push of the shores that are no more
let us trust ourselves now to the river
eddies flow around us,
time and abundance carry us on.
Here is my hand…come-come
I will carry the weight with you.

© Marianna Louise Jones 2017

2 thoughts on “A Mournful Beauty

  1. Hank says:

    The risk of the journey

    The hardest thing you can do
    Is find out how to be you.

    This is the most rewarding
    Thing you can do.

    It is also the most costly
    Thing you can do.

    It is only the bravest among us
    That will attempt this journey.

    Or is it the most foolish among us
    That will risk the cost of the journey?

    The brave and the foolish
    Sometimes there is no difference.

    Delison 2017

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    • mariannalouise says:

      Wise words. Costly is this endeavor, a price I pay willingly, but not without sorrow.
      You my dear friend, know the truth of this. Perhaps we are both a bit brave and also foolish….
      ❤️️❤️❤️

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