Turning to Silence

It is a time of turning.
A time when
nothing is as it was,
despite our wishes for 
it to be otherwise.
We have no choice
but to let life unfold
as it will, hard as
it may seem
to bear and accept.

And so we turn
to each other
for comfort
in the knowledge
that we are not
in fact alone.
And we fall
into silence 
as words prove
to be inadequate.

But it is precisely 
the arms
of Silence
that can best hold 
our sorrow and pain
For Silence makes no demands
and is ever present for us,
ready to hold the heart
that has been hollowed 
out by the river of grief.

And so, we sit in silence
holding each other and being held.

—Laurie Winnette

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