falling (for NPS)

you burned your wedding dress,
but you stayed
to braid your fingers
through his,
until the pain stopped

and now you are
unknotting,
yielding & opening to air
in the slow float parachutes know
if only for a moment
before gravity pulls you
from your spiral
to a hold
you have been crying out for,
a grounding

there is grace
in this falling down.

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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21 Responses to falling (for NPS)

  1. davidtrudel says:

    Love it. I remember back to the previous poem about the burnt wedding dress, and the images in this one take us further along. The slow float spiralling back into gravities pull is perfect, as is the reflection on grace in the closing.

  2. I recall the earlier poem about the wedding dress too … this is so very sad ~ I hope she finds comfort in your lovely words

  3. Green Speck says:

    Grace in falling down … loved this line !!!

  4. Bruce Ruston says:

    Very graceful and silky smooth

  5. Rhonda says:

    thoughts are with nancy.

  6. I like even though the content troubles!

  7. Leo says:

    Very lovely; captures the emotion perfectly.

  8. janehewey says:

    “the slow float parachutes know” goodness, i love this line especially. it says everything at once.. the falling, the slow slow transit of time. lovely.

  9. Seb says:

    Reminds me of one of my favorite moments in one of my favorite films – “The Lion In Winter”, where Geoffrey asks Richard, before they are executed “How does it matter how a man falls down?” and Richard replies “When the fall is all you have, it matters a great deal” so yes, I can see the grace in falling!

  10. nelle says:

    A grace in falling down, I wish my fall had been so blessed.

  11. You made it visible and tangible and now it’s been shared.

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