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"We're all just walking each other home." - - Ram Dass







Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Broken Eves




My heart is heavy for the mamas
who will lay down to sleep in the stark silence of night
instead of to the rhythm of rocket dreams expelled in tiny whispered breaths.

My arms ache tender for the mamas
who stripped of their loved ones,
no longer feel the holy weight of heaven turned flesh against their breast.

My words...
they are undone
for these weeping mothers.





We stand united
our bodies, the concave of sanctuary make
 for our weary kind.

We bend our heads in shared grief
pouring love onto the battered,
grasping hands to bear the weight of it all.

Rest your head against me, 
sister eve
let me crouch low to cup your face.

No eve,
we will not forsake you.
For we are all one.  We are all broken.

 

{Joining my whisper to the incredible, talented Emily, who bears witness to the loss of one young life. For when one hurts, we all hurt.}

*THIS POEM NOW PUBLISHED AT VERSE WISCONSIN

41 comments:

  1. oh tara... this brought more tears... thank you. for letting your heart break for your "sister eve." this is so raw, so real, such a prayer for the broken-hearted... thank you.

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  2. Yes, tears. And a soft smile, then, for the BEAUTY of this thing called "sisters in Christ." This prayer, this poem, just aches and I am aching, too, and glad that God doesn't ask us to bear pain alone. I will join you in praying for another sweet "Eve" who is longing for Heaven- for her child--- for God to make sense of it all. You have shown your beauty through these words, dear one.

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  3. Hi Tara - beautifully written.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  4. Beautiful, raw, and real. Thanks for sharing this. Blessings!

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  5. Beautiful! Heart-breakingly, tenderly, empathetically beautiful!

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  6. I am reading Uncle Toms cabin....this poem is for every mom.

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  7. May God those who have lost the bundle of their hearts. Beautifully written; Beautifully shared; and so very true.
    Keep up the God work.

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  8. What a beautiful post. Sending a prayer heavenward for God's comforting arms to surround those mamas who have lost a child as my sister did a few years back.

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  9. Oh goodness Tara! Beautiful. Just beautiful. It made me cry. It made me cry for those mothers... and then I remembered I am one of those mothers and of course, that made me cry more. But how beautiful is it that we join together, mourn together, build one another up and carry the weight of the heavy heart together.
    Thank you for sharing this with us.
    Beautiful.

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  10. This is so beautiful, so tender, so touching. May it be true, may we all be a "sister eve" and realize we are one.

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  11. This is beautiful...I love the drawing too...'rest against me...sister eve....lovely...blessings~

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  12. This brings me to tears, too. Seriously. I cried with a new friend tonight over brokenness. We're all broken in different ways. We all need the Healer. And we stand together to seek Him.

    Beautiful words here and the image. Beautiful.

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  13. I'm speechless, Tara. Beyond beautiful.
    being one of those mamas, please know this lifted me right into my Creator's arms. Thank you! It's right where I need to be...

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  14. This is exquisite...lines like concave bodies...Painfully beautiful...thank you for sharing this at Painting Prose!

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  15. Tara, I just realized that the comment I left you yesterday didn't take apparently. This is such a touching piece. How we are "concave sanctuary . .for our weary kind". Just beautiful.

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  16. Thanks for sharing these beautiful words, Tara!

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  17. Popping over from Lisa-Jo's. What a lovely tribute to this grieving mother. Thanks for sharing this with us this five-minute Friday.

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  18. Oh, I ache with you! Thank you for your beautiful tribute and tender heart. Linking up with Gypsy Mama.

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  19. Ohhh, this is very heart touching . . . I am thankful you shared it again. I can relate . . . my 5 Minute explains the unity grieving moms have.

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  20. My heart whispers a soft "Beautiful" through the tears!

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  21. This is beautifully written.

    Having buried a child myself, this ache is oh so familiar.

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  22. "Rest your head against me, sister eve.." I don't doubt at all that you've helped ease the ache of many with your writing.

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  23. I see your heart here. Thank you for tenderly pulling me in!

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  24. oooh...Tara, poignant and beautiful. you blew me away. oh i ache, too, friend for this woman that Emily wrote of. it is so hard to look at that precious baby girl's face knowing she is gone. two flew to Heaven from the womb, i know a *little* of this hurt.

    excellent write, dear girl! blessings! {and props to you for being 1st--how did you do that?! i need coffee first! lol.}

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  25. Wow. So beautiful. My little cousin died five years ago in April. Seeing what my aunt has gone through since then, this is so what it looked like. Thank you for writing this.

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  26. The feeling in this pulled me right in. A beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing your creative thoughts. I loved it.

    -Bob

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  27. Tara, I love your call to community, to surrounding. The artwork is a wonderful part of the invitation.
    We are connected in the deep places.
    love.love.love. to you

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  28. From your poetry, to your artwork, to your heart, Tara, this is love expressed so beautifully, so tenderly. I know several women for whom this will mean much. Thank you.

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  29. This is so beautiful, and yet heart wrenching.

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  30. This is absolutely beautiful... and it compels me to think long and hard about what God meant when He said "weep with those who weep"... my life gets tangled in my selfishness and I forget... thank you for reminding me to offer myself in His name, to those who ache...

    Breathtaking my friend...

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  31. Your writing is amazing.
    Thank your for your encouragement on my post on fear and my trip to Africa.
    Your continued prayers are much needed and appreciated!

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  32. As one Sister Eve who has been cradled in a community of compassionate and committed women, I relish these words. This is the essence of kingdom living. With a deep exhale and a warmed heart, I thank you. For getting it. For setting aside the comfort of the happy, happy to embrace another's pain.

    May these words ignite a fearless compassion in those who are called to cradle, and a deep comfort for the disillusioned Eves who long to be folded into this kind of love. You are a gift.

    I am so glad we connected through bloggy land this week.

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  33. This is so very sad, poignant, touching. It gave me chills and I add my thoughts and prayers to others for those beautiful, bereft mamas.

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  34. stirring write...through the first part you really pull our hearts in hte pull of yours...and i am glad that they have sisters to stand with them...we all need those that stand with us

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  35. nice piece with a range of emotion built up in here, from unity, to grief, to heaviness, loneliness, forgiveness and assistance. Well crafted, love the ending how we all are broken, which we all are, in some way or two. enjoyed the read, thanks for sharing.

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