Friday, May 23, 2008

Thoughts in a Bottle on the Ocean

I have a friend who needs support right now who is far away, in real distance and, I fear, from hope.

You know it is you. Swim into this poem and return to your life refreshed.


This is a moment when we all might pause to pray for, and offer meditations on behalf of, those who need our love and concern right now. I am specifically thinking about my friend, my older brother who had heart surgery in Duluth this week, and the cold young bird that snuggled in our window feeder last night at dusk.

by Kirsti A. Dyer

My light and my life
provided me hope for a future,
a reason to live
and the strength to exist.

Suddenly extinguished,
taken away without warning.
I was abandoned,
left in the darkness
trying to survive
searching for any glimmer
on the distant horizon.

I stand precariously
on a piece of solid ground
barely large enough for my feet.
Around me, a vast expanse
of desolation and emptiness
for as far as I can tell.

It waits
with extending arms
to engulf and surround me
in a permanent shadow.

I remain tenuously balanced
on this small bit of solid footing
Providing me the last vestiges of hope,
Unsure where to turn
or how to find an escape.

No path in sight,
it has decayed into the abyss.
No light to guide my footsteps,
it has been withdrawn.

In complete blackness
I close my eyes
waiting to fall.

A light appears before me
from within me.

I discover
a brilliance inside
An internal source of strength, power
and illumination.

This force surges through my body
filling me with courage.
I open my eyes once more in the darkness
finally lose my balance,
and descend
into the eternal night.

But in falling, I discover
that I possess wings.

With new courage, my own light,
and wings to save me
from the everlasting darkness
I take flight
high above the waiting chasm
towards a faint glimmer
far on the horizon
and hope.

-- Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS
Journey of Hearts, Domain Designer/Creator


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the link to the website. It is a special place for online support and healing.

francessa said...

lydia, I hope sincerely things will turn out well for your friend and your brother.

The photo is beautiful!
Thanks for the link.

Lydia said...

I like that website, also, Freda and Francessa. It's beautifully constructed and presented.

Francessa, thanks for the well wishes and I think they will help.


Seasoned By Grace Designs said...

Oh, my gosh, the poem was so beautiful, I will hear it again, in my thoughts before I sleep tonight. Thank-you!

Lydia said...

Nice of you to stop by to let me know that you also liked the poem.
b seeing you soon! - Lydia

Kirsti A. Dyer said...


Thank you for including my "Darkness" poem, complete with links to Journey of Hearts. I hope that the poem will help your friend find the light that he/she needs to get out of the darkness.
Thank you also for helping to confirm, that even though I haven't been able to update Journey of Hearts, the information that we continue to make available on the Internet is helpful for those going through loss.

Lydia said...

Dear Dr. Dyer,
It's an honor to meet you this way and I thank you kindly for leaving the comment. I just learned that my (last) aunt passed away yesterday morning so now your site has a personal meaning for me. I will email the link to my cousins in California also to help them through these days ahead.
Thank you for your wonderful website.

Kirsti A. Dyer said...


I am saddened to hear about your aunt and that now you need to use Journey of Hearts on a personal basis.
I will also direct you to my Loss, Grief and Bereavement page on Squidoo; it is a bit more recent and perhaps a bit more focused.
Wishing you strength during this challenging time,

Lydia said...

Dear Dr. Dyer,
Thank you SO much for the link to your Squidoo site (hadn't heard of Squidoo previously). I just looked and found real comfort there. I will mention it in a future post, perhaps in tomorrow's - it is my "Old Post Cards Wednesday" and I've found one that will honor my aunt in a special way.
Again, your caring has meant a lot to me today.

Lydia said...

p.s. to Dr. Dyer,

The link to your site will appear on Thursday, as I've decided to devote two days honoring my aunt.



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