Healing the deep wound of losing my son is ongoing in my life. I find color, hope, and peace in nature. Spring brings the reawakening of all the flowers, shrubs, and trees that lay dormant over the long, cold, bitter months of winter. Each year, purple and yellow crocus emerge from their winter’s sleep, then yellow and white daffodils, and shorty thereafter, red tulips rising tall, even when cooler temperatures still prevail.
My grief, despair, and hopelessness echo the monochromatic landscape of winter–a bitter mix of gray, black, and white. But come spring, when the brilliance of sun, blue skies, and flowers seemingly appear against an impossible, immutable winter, I find hope in nature’s resilience.
The Resilience of Spring and Summer
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Find Hope Here: Poems About Losing a Child to Suicide ABOUT THIS POST: Find Hope Here: Poems About Losing a Child to Suicide is a collection of poems I’ve written about losing a child to suicide. I lost my 20-year-old son, my only child, to suicide June 25, 2012. Suicide changes everything. Reflecting on Grief…Read More
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Travel On My Brave Soldier-A Poem of Hope Travel On Travel on my brave soldier Travel on wild one Take heart winged warrior Unencumbered take great strides. Ride dragon’s wings forever Stay free here evermore Follow infinity to the heavens Travel on to safer shores. ©Beth Brown, 2022 Travel On (My Brave Soldier) Related Posts…Read More
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