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Wounds

Most all of us have suffered our share of wounds. So many times we try to ignore them, act like they are woundnon-existent. Pesha Gertler offers a fresh approach to wounds and to their sacredness. Instead of trying to ignore the wounds, get over them or get depressed because of them, this poem suggests we honor them as sacred. Read her poetry below and spend time thinking about your wounds from a new perspective.

The Healing Time
By Pesha Gertler

Finally on my way to yes
I bump into
all the places
where I said no
to my life
all the untended wounds
the red and purple scars
those hieroglyphs of pain
carved into my skin, my bones,
those coded messages
that send me down
the wrong street
again and again
where I find them
the old wounds
the old misdirections
and I lift them
one by one
close to my heart
and I say holy
holy.

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  1. Sylvia, after the divorce to my first husband, I went to therapy to prevent making the same mistakes. Now I know myself better and I’m on my rightful path. It is strewn with mistakes, but that’s OK. I address them. What makes me content is that I’m not denying myself what is in my heart and soul.

    January 23, 2013
    • Sylvia, thought I should add that I’ve met women who don’t address what is wrong and they seem to grow more unhappy and continue to make the wrong choices. So while I respect the poem, I think it’s important to know yourself first and then the wounds are OK, in fact, they often signify that you are willing to step out of the box and challenge life. But it all has to be within that self-knowledge.

      Sometimes life just hands you wounds that have nothing to do with your own efforts, and they are also to be greatly respected as the poem implies.

      January 23, 2013
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      Good for you, Dorothy. For sure–if we don’t learn the lessons in one relationship that are there for us to learn–we will learn it in the next one because there is a greater chance we will get involved with someone with the same issues that were in the first. Good for you that you are on the right path. And of course, we know we’ve learned those lessons when we don’t attract them to us! Yes, we make other mistakes, but as long as we are open to learning them, all is good!

      January 23, 2013

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