fragile at first

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Fragile at First

It has been said that
trees can take away your sorrow.
The whole of the forest 
will swallow your sadness
and dispel your grief.

Lean against those grand trunks. 
Feel all of it.
Open your wounds to new air
and bend toward healing.
Make way for the light 
through the leaves of the canopy 
to find you.

Grief has a way of uprooting life
and through it, emerges new growth—
fragile at first
a mighty cedar,
a braided rope so strong 
it will pull you from woe 
and return you to the delights of well-being. 

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