Friday, July 13, 2007

Poem

My sister is working on a PhD in Audiology while raising 5 lovely children and working full time. I sometimes ask her if the light at the end of the tunnel is getting any closer. I wrote this for her. (This also goes out to Clint and Oswaldo and anyone else working through something major.) I even made a really cool giant journal page about this poem because coloring always makes me feel happy, and it didn't feel redundant at all! :o)

The Light at the End

I am in a tunnel of my own making
all the scenery has disappeared and the road

is only forward or backwards

The walls curve unfeelingly around me
pointing me toward a single point in time

that seems as distant as the light of a star

In reality, tunnelling makes the most direct route
through obstacles, is an unparalleled feat of engineering

And protects from avalanches in the bargain

So, let this tunnel take me through
the crazy days when I wonder if

I'll be able to breathe a little longer.

The rocks may fall all around me,
but my in my focus and effort

I am moving forward.

The light will burst upon me
suddenly and in stark contrast

to the curving walls of obligation

and I will know that in spite of the brief darkness
I reached freedom faster.

7 comments:

  1. What a beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing this.

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  2. Love the poem - very encouraging!! I'd love to see the giant journal page!

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  3. I hear ya! Sometimes I feel like I'M going through PhD and it's only my friend's husband!! What a lot of work.

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  4. Wow Kellie, I knew you were extremely talented but I didn't know poet was on the list too! I hope you don't mind me sneeking in and peeking at you blog, I love it!

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  5. I'm touched that you would include my husband in your dedication. Your poem is especially poignant to me after our recent disappointment (I just posted about it on my blog). I actually used some of your same imagery when Oswaldo and I were coming to terms with things this weekend. Anyway, your poem is very encouraging--the "darkness" will be brief, after all. Thank you so much for thinking of us, and best wishes to your sister!

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  6. This is really beautiful Kellie. Thank you thank you for sharing it. :)

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  7. Thanks for finding a way to make this road beautiful Kellie

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