Flooding

memories

    flooding
        seeping
            oozing
                creeping

    lurking
        leaking
            slithering
                sneaking

    grating
        mocking
            harassing
                shocking

    haunting
        nagging
            biting
                dragging

    gnawing
        worming
            clutching
                storming

    draining
        gushing
            thrashing
                pushing

    choking
        stunning
            stabbing
                running

    flying
        rushing
            racing
                crushing

    beating
        savaging
            kicking
                ravaging

    pummeling
        battering
            pounding
        shattering

unsought

    bringing
        maddening
            wringing

    gripping
        grasping
            gnashing
                gasping

    stinging
        seething
            writhing
                screaming

    gouging
        marring
            damaging
                scarring

    suffering
        severing
            reeling
                unravelling

    blistering
        burning
            boiling
                yearning

    stammering
        stumbling
            falling
                fumbling

    moaning
        sighing
            uttering
                crying

    mourning
        moaning
            trembling
                groaning

    shaking
        shivering
            weakening
                wavering

    murmuring
        aching
            bleeding
                shaking

    weeping
        wailing
            whimpering
                failing

    faltering
        shrinking
            teetering
                sinking

awakening
grieving
hardening
leaving

searching
stammering
clawing
clammering

absorbing
agonizing
abandoning
realizing

reckoning
recovering
seeking
surviving

finding
meaning
conceding
beginning

finally

            freeing
        accepting
    seeing

                admitting
            overcoming
        learning
    becoming

                adjusting
            coping
        allowing
    hoping

                healing
            growing
        changing
    knowing

                releasing
            forgiving
        returning
    to living.

~cj 2002.12.11

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2 Responses to Flooding

  1. Billie Korstad says:

    This was awesome – read it thru relating all the way …. Then again & again adding more in my head as I went and it led me back to a powerful gal’s retreat I was on once entitled, “The Weavings of Our Lives”. There were two tapestries there hung as reflections and objects of the meditations/teachings. The one with the backside showing was so chaotic and seemed repulsive actually – the other sheer beauty!
    On the frontside all those dark threads were so exquisitely woven in and necessary
    for the effects of the whole piece to bring in depth & shadows and elevating to the
    Overall vision all the colorful, delicate & rich golden, jeweled strands.

    After reading your poem I felt a strong compulsion to let go and embrace – knowing my own dark threads will just be a part of my beauty in the end. Thx CJ

    • cjromb says:

      WOW, Billie, I love that image from that retreat. What a wonderful thing to visualize related to this piece.

      I remember how this one tumbled out of me in what felt like no time, but in the same moment, felt like forever.

      And it largely ends up in the same place as that tapestry…accepting the dark threads, and realizing they all go into the beauty.

      Thx for reading this and commenting, Billie. 🙂

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