Letting Go

Letting Go

Deborah Beach Giordano
© March 11, 2010

Why do you not leave gently,
dear tired soul;
when the body is exhausted,
the spirit flickers
and the mind wanders
in meadows far away?

Why engage in this wild
and hopeless fight
when the battle is now over?
Why wage a futile struggle
against the rightful ending
of all that lives on earth?

Say ‘farewell,’ my friend,
and go in peace
to your blessed, sacred rest;
safe in the Gracious One’s embrace
apart from strife and suffering,
and free from every pain.

Angels hover close,
the room shimmers
with their presence;
the Train is waiting,
it is long-past time to go —
yet you still remain.

The loved one beside you —
a weeping, worried witness —
prays for a serene conclusion,
begs God that you be relieved
from the agony
of this ferocious, mortal combat.

Yet yours are not shouts
of rage, or fear
of an impending darkness
but cries of longing
for that bright Radiance
so close at hand.

In spirit you have beheld
a joy beyond all telling;
a glorious Eternity
nearly within your grasp —
if only you can free yourself
from the chains that hold you.

In anger and frustration
you denounce
the love that binds you,
and curse
the pain of parting;
and the one you leave behind —

blaming this tender temptress
with whom you yearn to stay
for shaking your determination,
delaying your departure —
blessing even these last days,
and making it so hard to leave.

Above and below,
wherever you look — there is Love.
How on earth to choose
which is best?
How, in heaven’s name,
can anyone let go?

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I am a struggling Christian, committed pacifist, near-obsessive recycler, incurable animal lover, inveterate tree-hugger; a nature mystic, a socialized introvert, an advocate for the vulnerable, an opponent of exploiters.
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