CoDA Weekly Reading 3/13/18

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Subject: CoDA Weekly Reading 3/13/18
Date: March 13th 2018

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(going to coda meetings, learning to breathe)



the sadness that isn't mine



i belong to it

and it becomes my family

for a night


this is the wake

that i never held

all my life.


now it is for me.

I cannot hold all the sadness in my arms

or walk through it

because it is a wide and deep lake

good for drowning,


a strong and dark forest

where children are frightened and lost


a slow and silent night

that cannot find the dawn.


i have to sit beside it,


and know

that this is me


that the sadness is my own


and that i can breathe

beneath it.


Maria S – 3/8/18



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