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grieving
by john k zimmerman
Saturday, January 24, 2004

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responding to loss is a matter of finding
a new balance in your life -- learning a new worldscape

this comes, in part, from my experiences surrounding the death of my mother last October



finding my balance
through a season of loss
learning to walk and to run
where is the point
‘tween finding and losing
‘tween doing and feeling
‘tween action and thought

seeking my balance
in the wreckage of living
learning to grieve and to cry
borne down by sorrow
by folly and anger
deploring that which
has gone

finding my balance
on the road to healing
learning to crash and to soar
trudging forward poised
‘twix stumbling and rising
‘twix being and growing
‘twix fleeing and standing

finding my balance
in a season of growing
learning to gently go on
trusting my heart
for the answers to living
balanced and calm
in this new world
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Reviewed by jude forese 1/26/2004
the true champion survives his hardest crashes ... exceptionally well written ...
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 1/25/2004
Very thought-provoking and useful for others to know your thoughts on this, John. Love, peace and strength to you. Regis
Reviewed by anne cunningham 1/24/2004
i'm with katy, "the crashing and soaring" really drives this piece.
Reviewed by Katy Walsvik 1/24/2004
"...learning to crash and to soar..." These words, John, gave me pause. My sister died in Nov. and this phrasing of yours brought a perspective I have been searching for... it filled a space I didn't realize was still left gaping, only that I had an emptiness I thought couldn't be addressed... I'm grateful to have read this... your use of "twixt" is perfect. I do wish you recovery... it truly does come a day at a time, doesn't it? I was also moved by the your expression of 'learning... to trust my heart'.. I just needed you to know that you crossed my path at a very important time and I have responded entirely. Take good care, John. Thank you. katy xox.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 1/24/2004
John, I believe that familial loss, specifically parental, if the hardest bunch of emotions to get past and continue on with life.
You have an excellent outlet that most who don't write or paint have not got...an excellent vent of emotions this was...Find Peace, Ed & rufuz
Reviewed by jeanne watson 1/24/2004
Wonderful work...one we all can reflect on.

jeanne
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 1/24/2004
Exceptional poem, John, and a wonderful lesson for us all.
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 1/24/2004
It is good if you can find the balance John!!

Some things are just too heavy to get your balance back!!

Take care okay!!

Love Tinka
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