by Sister Kay McMullen, SNDdeN


The struggle here is to touch bottom
to find a foothold in swift currents
in flood waters stirring forgotten
dreams, discarded hopes, events
that shaped or scarred a life.
The struggle is to risk going under
to feel cold green water like a knife
to be cut off, separated from comfort –
the pebbly beach, the hot summer taste
of blackberries, the fern’s earthy musk.
But life is found in choices bravely made
and every woman must one day turn
aside and dive into her own deep soul
to find within what makes her whole.

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