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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After closing his practice of 35 years in 2011 as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and with the publication of his first collection of poems, “A Heart on Fire, Poems from the Flames,” in 2014, David C. Weiss has been devoted to writing poetry and leading workshops for new poets. He is on the faculty of OLLI College at the University of Southern Maine and a visiting instructor of poetry at Sera Jhy Tibetan Buddhist Monastery in South India. David plays the “shakuhachi,” a Japanese end-blown bamboo flute used by monks of the “Fuke” school of Zen Buddhism in the practice of “suizen” (blowing meditation). 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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