The following entries (from beginning runner to half marathon finisher) represents a continuing journey of tremendous grief and sorrow, and of transformation - largely through the therapeutic power of running. The sorrow that has broken my heart open wide has in time allowed me to experience the beauty of being in the present moment. And of course, without the support of family and friends to guide me, I would not have made it this far.

If you have lost someone in your life, I offer these words and verse (some Kristy's, some mine and others) with the hope it may touch your heart and help you heal.

Monday, September 28, 2009


Yesterday I went to see the memorial that was made for your grave site. It includes a beautiful photograph of you in porcelain and part of a poem you once wrote. I then wrote this for you.

The day is tiring and long
I'm going to sit here and rest
I'll stroke your memory in song
and hold it to my chest

It's raining outside I said
and our inner worlds did meet
with tiny hands of lead
driving a dreary beat

I stood again on the ground
where you will soon be laid
and thought about the sound
our laughing voices made

I'm falling to my knees
and the mist and you are one
just under the sheltering trees
where the rain is never done

"Shared pain is no longer paralyzing but mobilizing." Henri Nouwen

1 comment:

  1. This is a beautiful poem, Karen. I can't imagine what it would be like to stand where your daughter will "soon be laid". I love you so very much. Kim