How To Mend a Broken Heart

Al Green asked, “How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?” 

I have an answer. 

Let it ache, I say. 

Drown me in the sorrow of this life. 
Leave me to mourn the loss of my father. 
And touch the pain of my severed marriage. 
I want to hear the loneliness of a house where children have grown and gone. 

I want to touch it all. 

The laughter
The pain
This human experience
The full catastrophe.

A broken heart may leave me gasping for air
Yet breath itself
Is the magical elixir.

I rise up
A new day
Behold the magnificence of this life
Tears of joy run down my face. 

What a gift to be alive!

2 thoughts on “How To Mend a Broken Heart

  1. Neil, arriving at this post of course came at a perfect time. Loving the line, “I want to hear the loneliness of a house where children have grown and gone.” This made me consider my parents in a new light. Unexpected twist for a post about a breakup, of which I have just experienced and am feeling bouts of sorrow of on this retreat with you. Thank you. Immense gratitude flowing.


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