Let Your Sadness Rise

Let your sadness rise
And dwell lightly in your heart.

When sorrows weight your feet,
Hold you down, unmoving, stuck
And all your hopes deplete…

Let your sadness rise
And dwell lightly in your heart.

When depression stills your hands,
Halts you from normal activity
And all your usefulness demands…

Let your sadness rise
And dwell lightly in your heart.

When mourning burdens your soul,
Suppresses every joy
And all your being controls…

Let your sadness rise
And dwell lightly in your heart
And dwell lightly in your heart.

Reading The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo, I was struck by a passage… Willie May is a hotel housekeeper, and she is speaking to Rob, a twelve-year old boy who has ‘a way of not-thinking’ about things, ‘shutting all his feelings in a suitcase’. His mother has died, and after being told by his grieving father, “There ain’t no point in crying,” he has vowed not to cry again.

Now he has a rash on his legs that will not heal. Willie May says, “Sadness…  you keeping all that sadness down low, in your legs. You not letting it get up to your heart, where it belongs. You got to let that sadness rise on up.”

This is the inspiration for my poem.

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10 Responses to Let Your Sadness Rise

  1. Ramona says:

    I love how you borrowed Wille May’s words, “You got to let that sadness rise on up.”
    And made the words your own in the poem, “Let your sadness rise and dwell lightly in your heart.” Your poem makes me want to read The Tiger Rising.

  2. Me, too! I think Ramona said it all. I loved the poem in its own right, & then you explained its beautiful origin. Really special words you created from a special story.

  3. elsie says:

    Powerful poem, those are words to remember in times of sadness. Your words moved me.

  4. Nancy Hatcher says:

    wow, the poem really spoke to me today…thank you so much for sharing…xo

  5. Wow! I love the way you took the novel as inspiration for your powerful poetic advice. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Beautiful.
    I loved the repetition of this phrase,
    Let your sadness rise.

  7. Yes, beautiful!
    Sadness weighs us down – you portrayed that so well. Your poem is a moving tribute to a wonderful book.

  8. Wow – heart wrenching. I loved it.

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