Room Labeled Grief

Orpheus voyaged to the netherworld
to rescue his dead wife Eurydice,
commanded by the gods not to look back at her
until they reached the world of the living.

But Orpheus looked back,
and Eurydice vanished for a second time,
forever.

The gods gave Orpheus a chance
to escape the despair of losing Eurydice,
but like mortals, Orpheus had to wrap
the cloak of grief around his stricken heart
and mourn his beloved.

Lost love finds a home in our hearts forever,
but only after we have slept in a room labeled “Grief.”

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David was a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for 35 years before the publication of his first collection of poems, “A Heart on Fire, Poems from the Flames.” He continues to write poetry and makes presentations on poetry of Eastern and Western Mystics and leads poetry workshops as a faculty member of OLLI College at the University of Southern Maine. David is a regular contributor to Kind Over Matter. David plays the “Shakuhachi,” a Japanese bamboo flute used in Zen Buddhist meditation and celebration. He combines his flute music with poetry readings. He has taught Tibetan and Western poetry to Buddhists monks at Sera Jhy Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in South India. He earned his Master of Theology and Ph.D. in Pastoral Psychology degrees from Boston University. You can follow David on his website.

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