Advice for Grieving (delta)

wreck image

to cross a river at its mouth
            is a great though necessary risk
best carried out alone

            when beginning      make    plans to
            cross, not at the water’s slack
                       but on the ebb,

             wear     broad     soled     shoes
             pack     light       (if at all)
             carry hydrophobic metaphors
             in       mind

consider hollowing your bones
             if,
            stuck and stranded
as a whale among the mangroves,
            you flounder in your grief,
all slapping tail and
                           slumping lungs,

and keep in mind
you won’t have failed at all if you,
            weighted with your rocks,
sink in mud up to your knees,
            lose a sturdy pair of boots and fall
face down into the silt
            of this,
                                         your best attempt
at fording through your loneliness.

4 thoughts on “Advice for Grieving (delta)”

  1. What a melancholic thought, fording through your loneliness.
    I do like how you have captured it, now going to ponder on creating a hydrophobic metaphor, if I can, not being hydrophobic.

  2. ‘consider hollowing your bones
    if,
    stuck and stranded
    as a whale among the mangroves,
    you flounder in your grief,
    all slapping tail and
    slumping lungs,’
    This is my favourite part. It brings such a clear picture to my mind and is written in an achingly beautiful way.

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