How to be fearless? Again, I read and read. Books save me.
“Let your curiosity be greater than your fear,” wrote Pema Chödrön, one of my favourite wisdom writers. “Fear not,” was the message from the faith traditions I grew up with.
But this kind of sadness IS terrifying. Don’t stay sad, stay curious, I kept telling myself. Still do.
So as I began to observe, I started to trust my mother’s promise: you won’t always be this sad.You Won’t Always Be This Sad by: Sheree Fitch
Initial Thoughts: I read this poetry collection by Sheree Fitch a few weeks ago, and now more than ever her words resonate with me. Grief brings sadness, but there is always the promise that you will not always feel this sad with time.
in the midst of this mess—must be a poem
“You won’t always be this sad,” her mother, who also lost a son, reassures her, while a close friend encourages her to pick up the pen and write it all down. Capturing her own struggles as she emerges from shock in the wake of her son’s unexpected death at age thirty-seven, author and storyteller Sheree Fitch writes lyrically and unabashedly, with deep sorrow, unexpected rage, and boundless love. She discovers that she “dwells in a thin place now,” that she has crossed a threshold only to find herself in “the quicksand that is grief.” The result is a memoir in verse of immense power and pain, a collection of moments, and a journey of resilience.
Divided into three parts, like the memorial labyrinth Fitch walks every day, You Won’t Always Be This Sad offers words that will stir the heart, inviting readers on a raw and personal odyssey through excruciating loss, astonishing gratitude, and a return to a different world with new insights, rituals, faith, and hope. Readers, bearing witness to the immeasurable depths of a mother’s love, will be forever changed.Goodreads
You Won’t Always Be This Sad is the title of this collection of poetry, but also the words spoken by the author’s mother after her son passed away at the age of 37. Throughout the entire collection, the author shares fragments of her life as she works through her grief. The highly emotional quality of the writing draws the reader in. Although not everyone is a mother, and not everyone has lost a child, the feelings of grief expressed in the poems are universal. There is confusion, anger, hopelessness, and a never-ending search for answers.Continue reading