Mountains of Lies

“Marriage is not a noun; it’s a verb. It isn’t something you get. It’s something you do. It’s the way you love your partner every day.” –  Barbara De Angelis

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When you lose the love
with whom you set to grow old.
When compassion abandons the house
you believed to be your forever home,
how do you reconcile the space
that’s suddenly dark like a black hole?
How do you sail into the storm
when all you worked for was calm?
How do you look into the face of evil
when all you knew was warmth?
You must become a mountaineer!
Tough, with an extra layer of clothes
and a backpack full of food
to nourish the ailing soul.
You must see through the obscuring fog
where lies masquerade as the truth.
Where mountains of blame impose themselves
you must know it’s the rocky landscape
of the abuser’s guilt and a dearth of character.
Where there is a sunset of integrity
you must set your sails into the sunrise
of courage and overcoming.
And, most of all, you must believe
your spirit shall find its wings.


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