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benediction

 
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I sought to create for myself
a sacred space
to be alone with the pain
to submerge myself
within its depths
before I rose
after years of carrying it
finally divested
and walked away

~~~

I buried my toes
bare and calloused
in hot shimmering sands
and opened myself
exposing the damage
feeling the cool touch
found hidden beneath
and I sighed
at the nourishment
absorbed
through the soles of my feet
and I thanked earth
for lovingly cradling me

~~~

I raised my face
eyes turned upward
to a sky encrusted with diamonds
letting night breezes caress me
brushing gently
against my overwrought mind
and I breathed deeply
swelling my choked lungs
pushing the foulness out
before releasing feverish thought
on a soul-felt sigh
clearing clogged channels
as smoke lifted
silently drifting away
and I thanked air
for its generous breath of life

~~~

I baked all the aches
'neath the scorching sun
bringing scarlet welts to the surface
of my soul's vulnerable flesh
and I felt its punishing heat
blast every dormant corner
long after comfort had passed
burning away infection
a white hot agony of truth
leaving me gasping
and dazzled
and I thanked fire
for cauterizing my wounds

~~~

I waded out
until waves wrapped their fingers
just under my chin
cool and soothing
a balm covering my pain-singed skin
and as liquid relentlessly shifted
jostling my body and testing my footing
I relinquished control
letting it carry me
trusting its energy
and the agony lifted
as salt drops drifted
fallen upon the lapping ripples
and I thanked water
for cleansing my weary soul

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and so renewed
I broke my camp
careful
to leave no remnants
no sign of my presence
nothing to mark my passing
leaving lighter nonetheless
humbled
and grateful
for the gifts much needed
for healing
my depleted spirit

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FromTheAsh
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