This poem was written in response to a prompt in How to Write Poetry: A Guided Journal with Prompts to Ignite Your Imagination related to imagery. The recommendation was to make a list of images conveying grief, anger and love ( I added delight since that is what I happened to be feeling a the time), and then exploring what they have in common.
with a deep ache
a longing for something lost;
I hold an emptiness
as thick as a 500-year old tree.
with a child’s joy
a spontaneous spirit;
an unbound energy
as light as the free-flowing air we breathe.
filled with fear
a disconnect with my Self;
an instant reaction
as sharp as the blade of the kitchen knife.
my heart wide open
a need to touch something true;
feeling for solid ground
as real as the earth below my two feet.
In life’s vast field,
grief and delight, anger and love
play like cousins
in the grass of spring.