cancer, letting go


“Instead of resisting any emotion, the best way to dispel it is to enter it fully, embrace it and see through your resistance.” -Deepak Chopra


by Carmen H Gray

Who am I to speak of kindness and love?

I held everyone else’s anger

And thought that I, being so kind

Would transform the danger

Of the negativity that trailed behind

But, lo, I am just a fallible woman

I am nothing great or good

My heart is not some grand cushion

On which all sharp objects could

Softly land

Instead I absorbed it deeply


It did not stay tucked nice and neatly

It snuck out in the most unusual ways

So very unexpectedly

In and out of days

It spilled excessively

Until I told it

Yes, anger, I embrace you

Your darkness that transmits

The necessary pain imbued

I have given you your time

To shine

I am just a fallible woman

And you can now go on


Love Holds Anger

“You know how big love is? Love is big. love can hold anger; love can even hold hatred.”-Alice Walker

Love Holds Anger

by Carmen H Gray

My heart is so big

It can consume your anger

And his and hers and theirs, too

Give it to me

I will pump it through

The dark velvet territory

Churn it and spin it

Reshape it

And give it back to you

Melted, fluid like honey

To drip through your

Pretty fingers

Too elusive for you

To hold any more