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Rosaly DeMaios Roffman: Guided Imagery — With Respect for the Sea’s Language

Yesterday someone said

“See grief through God’s eyes”

and when I try to do that

I rescue the memory of  blue mist

an image that draws from shadows:

 

I see a shape with mouth open

learning to open wider and wider

turning into a flesh-colored wave

with a throat. I am supposed to ask

it to speak by a person who believes

ask it to be my spirit animal, my helper

but sad to say I have to tell my guide

that the image doesn’t have words

for the extreme ocean in its throat

it’s not going to talk to me yet

or anyone just because it got seen

and I know my guide won’t approve

and will say, that is not good enough

that it needs more color and speech

but this animal is just newly born and I say

giant mouth, welcome to the world– not

get over here and take my hand– not yet


 

Copyright 2018 Rosaly DeMaios Roffman

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Photo: United Nations

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