Barbara Baer Pillay

Edmonton, Alta

Can everything broken
 
be written back into place?
 
Can words ever be enough
 
when all say -
 
there are no words to be said
 
The devastation complete
 
The horror of men-children
 
strewn across the prairie
 
Sinew and bone and blood
 
Can they be put back together?
 
Is there light at the end of the tunnel?
 
Is there grief that goes away?
 
How long…. how long…. how long?
 
If there is any light, it is this -
 
We know now that the grief, the pain, the horror
 
Cannot be buried under the prairie sky
 
In the frozen fields
 
It must be -
 
walked through
 
wailed through
 
waited through
 
Permission must be given
 
For the bubbling up of regret recrimination and resolve
 
- to get through this
 
Again and again and yet…..again
 
Til grace outweighs numbness
 
And words take shape of glorious memory
 
Only then can we say
 
words can help the broken
 
And if they are lucky (and I pray that they are)
 
their broken hearts will take the shape of
 
Their loved one
 
Carved into their very being
 
So that they -
 
they can get on with the living.
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