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I went to the woods today
alone
and walked among the trees, my heart opening along the way
as I thanked them for their sturdiness, their roots, the air they create
 
Before that, I cried.
I sobbed
for nothing. for everything.
for the space I craved but could not find
and the waves that rolled through me
carved a hole out of rock
that widened with each crest and crash.
Next to me, my dog Pebble licked my hand
my husband laid down beside me
and my body shook until the waves turned briefly to laughter
and a deep breath slowed the churning.
 
“I need to go into the woods,” I said.
“That’s a great idea.”
“Alone.”
So the car drove toward errands in town and my feet turned toward trees
and I found the space that has always been there
as I thanked the trees for their sturdiness, their roots, the air they create
And then I inhaled, breath moving through me as my heart stretched open.