Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Day After


Day After

No matter what
there is always a day after.
A day after tragedy
rocks us to the core
as individuals,
as family members,
as neighbors,
as fellow human beings.
We might not know how
it feels to be you,
but we do know pain.
Many of us know
the kind of pain
that makes you wonder
how you will ever take
the next breath,
the next step,
the next meal.
We know that
the thought of tomorrow
in the aftermath
of today's pain
feels almost sacrilegious.
It feels like betrayal
to go on after such
unspeakable loss.
It feels wrong to move on,
as though this pain,
this loss, never happened.
But going on is not betrayal
of the loss that has been faced.
It is a promise of renewal
in the face of impossible odds.
It is the budding of a flower
that may take some time yet
before it blooms,
but it will bloom.
The flowers will bloom again,
no matter how harsh is the winter,
is the loss and the pain of today.
No matter what
there is always a day after.

© 2013 Beth Mitchum
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