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Thursday, 16 April 2009

The Thing Is

To love life, to love it even when you have no stomach for it and everything you’ve held dear crumbles like burnt paper in your hands, your throat filled with the silt of it. When grief sits with you, its tropical heat thickening the air, heavy as water more fit for gills than lungs; when grief weights you like your own flesh only more of it, an obesity of grief, you think, How can a body withstand this? Then you hold life like a face between your palms, a plain face, no charming smile, no violet eyes, and you say, yes, I will take you I will love you, again. Ellen Bass.

9 comments:

LexyB said...

A perfect little piece of loveliness for me to read on the day I move out of the old marital home. Thank you.

Gena said...

I love this! where do you find them! Thank you Alison!

Lisa the book sniffer. said...

Thank you. That's just what I needed this morning, your timing is perfect x

feistyrallygirl said...

Lovely. Just what I needed today.

The Old Foodie said...

Thankyou for posting this Alison, it is beautiful.

Gena said...

I have just googled Ellen Bass,what an amazing poet! her poetry speaks to me in volumes,I am going to go on amazon and order some books! Thank you again Alison,I really never do leave Brocantehome empty handed!

Counting Your Blessings said...

Reminds me of the story of Hosea in the Bible. :) Blessings... Polly

ForCryingOutLoud said...

Thank you for sharing that...

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