Tuesday, May 11, 2021


"I too have been a mourner."
~ Mary Ann H. Dodd Shutts ~

Trauma is defined as a deeply distressing or disturbing experience.
And sometimes, our response to this chaos can be surprisingly calm and clear.
We see the situation as if from a distance, and effectively do exactly what's required in the moment,
And then shed a few sobbing tears after the fact.
We feel self-congratulatory- over it- check the box complete.
But stack a handful of traumatic experiences one on top of the other
And the effect cannot be over and done with like closing a door.
Our bodies acknowledge what we've been through even if our hearts and minds
Maybe not immediately, but eventually...
A creeping physical tension that won't depart,
A chronic discomfort,
An inexplicable pain.
Out traumas demand acknowledgement,
Forgiveness if necessary,
And grief.

When trauma cries, I rock it in my arms like a baby.