When Life Lets Go

by Ron Reed

In the darkness of night
as the moon travels bright, against the sky
we cast off what we cannot stand
reminding ourselves of what we can
all things that are like diamonds
shining brightly in our hands

I drag my thoughts around
like a flat wheeled wagon
on the ground, and the spirit takes it in
her eyes speak of heart breaks
and double takes, and hours on the road
in driving rain

The willows are dancing in the wind
to a sad and lilting song, and
wishing to hear other voices
in other rooms
telling us of life come and gone
dream and dream on

The spirit takes it in
calm, a place set within
her smile is advice, a space as light as air
a whisp, a breeze, senses to compare
warm and inviting
blowing by to show us, what we can feel

A stroll down to the garden
brings vignetted views of memories present
the hollyhocks and shastas
form her face in careful labor
bringing life
and life lets go, autumn fare

I hurt less for the loss
than for the absence
and even foot prints leave shadows
a space filled with emptiness
when life lets go
love hangs on

©Ron Reed 2011

One thought on “When Life Lets Go by Ron Reed

  1. Ron, your last few lines in an already exceptional poem are so poignant and perfect; I just became a part of the work and no longer remained a reader or observer; you wove a dreamscape I became an involved part of rather than an observer; your words drew me in letting me feel the emotion and bring my own experiences, as readers of poetry do when they spend time with your work,  rather than being told how to feel the denoument made me gasp and cry; an emotional and surprisingly intimate reaction.  “Even empty footprints leave shadows” is full of imagery as I see a desolate beach and the loneliness of loss; the permanence of love; the ache and the grief.  Another may see or feel something different but that is the beauty of the writing; the individual definition and understanding of each person who reads it.  A beautiful poem, Ron.  thank you ~~~~~~willow


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