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Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: The Prayers

When I asked the world to open me,

I did not know the price. 

When I wrote that two-word prayer in the sand,

I did not know loss was the key, 

devastation the hinge,

trust was the dissolution 

of the idea of a door. 

When I asked the world to open me, 

I could never have said yes to what came next. 

Perhaps I imagined the waves 

knew only how to carry me. 

I did not imagine they would also pull me under. 

When I asked the world to open me, 

I had not imagined drowning 

was the way to reach the shore. 

The waves of sorrow dragged me down 

with their tides of unthinkable loss. 

The currents emptied my pockets 

and stripped me of my ideas. 

I was rolled and eroded

and washed up on the sand

like driftwood—softened.

I sprawled there and wept, 

astonished to still be alive.

It is not easy to continue to pray this way. 

Open me. 

And yet it is the truest prayer I know. 

The other truest prayer,

though sometimes it frightens me,

is Thank you.


Copyright 2022 Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer

Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer co-hosts the Emerging Form podcast on creative process, Secret Agents of Change (a surreptitious kindness cabal) and Soul Writer’s Circle. Her next collection, All the Honey, comes out in April, 2023.

17 comments on “Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer: The Prayers

  1. Michael
    November 30, 2022

    Open me and thank you for whatever comes. I don’t have the courage for that prayer, but can attest to its truth. There are a hundred things I could add, that’s how much your poem evokes, but I’ll quite down, your words evoke that also

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  2. vengodalmare
    November 28, 2022

    Beautiful, full of grace.

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  3. Larry Safady
    November 28, 2022

    How you turn pain and loss into renewal and growth, as if it is a gift! As if it is some Shamanic rebirth, if you let it. My prayer is that I get to that place some day/

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    • Rosemerry
      November 28, 2022

      Thank you, Larry–on that, I love these words from Gregory Orr: “Not to make loss beautiful, but to make loss the place where beauty starts, where the heart understands for the first time the nature of its journey.”

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  4. Lisa Zimmerman
    November 27, 2022

    “It is not easy to continue to pray this way.

    Open me.”

    I love this deeply elegiac and painfully beautiful poem, Rosemerry.

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    • Rosemerry
      November 28, 2022

      Thank you dear Lisa–yeahhhhh. It is slightly terrifying to think I am not done with my opening–and yet, and yet … love to you, sister poet, xo

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  5. louisehawes
    November 27, 2022

    The advantage of retrospection: gratitude. Thanks, Rosemerry.

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    • Vox Populi
      November 27, 2022

      Gratitude… yes.

      Like

    • Rosemerry
      November 27, 2022

      Thank you, Louise–yes, retrospection is a powerful agent for gratefulness. Beautifully said.

      Like

  6. José A. Alcántara
    November 27, 2022

    “The other truest prayer”

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    • Vox Populi
      November 27, 2022

      Yes, some prayers are more true (more authentic?) than others.

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    • Rosemerry
      November 27, 2022

      oh dear man, brother in paradox, giant hugs to you.

      Like

  7. giulio2711
    November 27, 2022

    Beautiful and intuitive. Thank-you Rosemerry.

    Like

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