It would take for my heart To be ripped apart Scattered to the corners Of this paradise haven For me to come home To the soul above And within To speak my truth And embrace This identity of mine Too long hidden For so long, swirling In the shadowy clutch Of the night’s storm Yet now I see, I behold The awakening rose That is blossoming In this Dawn
Cara Amy Goldthorpe
Hola, I’m Cara. Formerly a practicing lawyer, I’m now a storyteller, mentor, and holistic health practitioner. Life took me down an unexpected path when I was locked down in Costa Rica at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This catalyzed me to leave behind my legal practice in London and devote my attention toward my creative projects as well as developing my knowledge in the field of holistic health.
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I found this very powerful. The ‘paradise haven’ of the soul, which is both above and within, yet which can only be attained if the heart is ‘ripped apart’ and scattered. .This speaks almost of an image of final surrender to the depths of depression. The true identity, hidden, in the ‘shadowy clutch of the night’s storm’; an image of the nature of the depression perhaps? And the ending on a note of renewed hope; the ‘awakening rose’, blossoming in ‘this Dawn’; a re-awakening to the possibilities of life? . Thank you for this.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts Lucy! I find I learn so much about myself from how others react to my poetry, and then going back and re-reading what I’ve written. Loved hearing your perspective!
I don’t necessarily think there needs to be a surrender into the darkest of moments in terms of succumbing to depression; but rather, that we can only be whole and complete once we’ve witnessed our shadows, confronted those parts of ourselves we hide, and looked our traumas in the eye to bring them into the light. So often in life we rush through without giving ourselves the time and space to feel and process emotions, resulting in them getting bottled up inside us, and eventually us imploding/exploding when something happens that forces us to examine them all at once… But if we allow ourselves to feel in each moment, and cultivate a practice of allowing emotions to pass through us without judgment, then we can be more whole and at peace, in harmony with ourselves.. This is my experience at least, and easier said than done 🙂
Beautiful poem 😊