A poem/prayer, reflecting on the theme “release.”
I’ve been reading an indigenous memoir called The Woman Who Watches Over the World, by Linda Hogan. One of the things Hogan says happened when she was in the hospital recovering from a traumatic brain injury was that she asked all the questions that had gone unasked and unanswered in her family.
Something about the ways her brain had changed and was changing released her from whatever fears or inhibitions had kept her from asking these things before.
I wonder what it looks like to be released into freedom to say the things we are afraid to say, but which are important, and which hold possibilities for healing.
Here’s the poem/prayer:
Release God, We hold anxiety in our bodies, more than we know. We hold so much. The news is depressing, overwhelming. Our lives fall apart in an instant and there is no room to mourn. The pressures of our world build up inside us over a long time. Muscles clenched and tight, hearts hurting. What would release mean? Is it in our power? And if our souls found release, what exactly would come out? Words unspoken, thoughts unvoiced, fullness of humans shrunken too long to fit whatever was expected of them. A valve holds back all the “too much,” all the improper, the inappropriate, the rage. These rivers were not meant to be dammed up inside us. God, hold us in the release. In your voice that says exactly what needs to be said and never lies. In your being that encompasses us and is not drowned by our rivers. God, provide safe people, safe spaces for release. Provide people who will bring their full selves, and who won’t run away when we bring ours. Because we’re all a lot. God, release us into freedom. Amen.