Prayer of the Desperate
She had crawled here on her knees
Over the sharp broken bones of her life.
She had come to bargain with every god she had ever heard named.
Bruised clouds closed around the moon
Golden leaves shivered
And she traded away every drop of goodness from her existence.
Her heart torn open
Lay beating on the cold earth
Her breath ragged from tears
Pounded the night air,
As her soul poured out in desperate pleading,
That her son might live.
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Hi, I'm Seonaid, and I share my home on the shores of Loch Ness deep in the Scottish Highlands with my husband, my son and a couple of dogs. I love art which is here now and gone tomorrow...like food and nature...but also have a passion for vintage and the ancient past! Nature is my favourite muse, with her wild ever shifting seasons. I have been using and teaching mindfulness and relaxation for over 12 years, and have yet to become any sort of expert :-) I'm a Psychotherapist and Cancer Support Specialist in Maggies Highlands
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marvellously powerful and personal piece: well observed and speaking of such depth of experience.
You have my respect.
Powerful and so understandable from reading your comments Seonaid .
A little way on from such an experience has shaped a very heartfelt piece of writing .
Glad you have your son close .
Gorgeous image .
Thanks so much, this was written from the heart, it’s that time of year again and the memories get triggered I think by the change of light. I think though the poem might apply to the experience of being a parent in many different circumstances 🙂
Time certainly helps, and raw emotion becomes distilled into life experience, but I’m very happy that my son continues to live with us…..we so nearly lost him that each day feels like a precious gift.
aah Seonaid … to quote you *I think though the poem might apply to the experience of being a parent in many different circumstances* speaks volumes to me as a Mother .
Glad you too have your precious gift x
Amazing and thank you friend, there are many inspirational articles
Very kind, and I’m so happy you visited my blog 🙂
Wow! Quite a sobering foray into darkness. Desperate to be sure … powerful. D
Thanks David, it was written from my soul and my experience. I’m happy to hear I managed to convey the raw depths of my recalled emotions in the words and image…..
Hopefully not too tough to read.
Dear Seonaid this is overwhelming especially as right now my best friends 8 month old grandson is fighting for life. There is so much loss through our lives isn’t there? sometimes it feels impossible to bear.
It’s hard indeed when we feel so helpless and so desperate.
I hope your best friends grandson pulls through, as my son did.
Sorry to overwhelm….I did hesitate about posting this after I wrote it, but it helped me, despite the dark raw feelings.
I immediately sensed that something person had to provoke these profoundly voiced sentiments. I am glad your boy is fine now. The most powerful stuff I have read from you so far!
Thanks Paula, it feels a safe enough distance in time now to start writing about my experience. But it’s quite dark and not to everyone’s taste 🙂 I appreciate your compliment lots.
Others’ taste should not matter. It is your blog, and you should write whatever you feel like writing. I am glad you did.
I will, and thanks for liking my darkly intense post 🙂
What strong feelings. Both picture and poem. Being a parent I can fully feel that…and now that my son has moved far away enough to not coming home for months. I know when talking to him that he sometimes is sad and that things sometimes don’t work out well – and I can do nothing…He’s 21, but that doesn’t stop me from being afraid of loosing him or not being able to help.
I’m glad you still have your son!
Me too Leya, he turned 20 last week, and it feels such a gift 🙂
His accident happened while he was far away from us in Dubai….now I like keeping him close!
Your photo is inspiring but even more striking is the poem and the intense depth of emotion you portray.
What a lovely compliment, from such a great writer 🙂
Lovely full moon but I am not a writer, just an admirer !
That’s cool….it’s just an invitation incase someone feels inspired 🙂
I loved the moody look of the sky that night.
What beautiful imagery – and you’ve capture perfectly the existence of being a parent. Beautiful, Seonaid.
Thanks Eli, it can be rough at times 🙂
I nearly lost him 4 years ago in a road traffic accident.
That definitely puts things into perspective … I often feel helpless even when the girls are just miles away from me, like I can’t protect them right that moment!