Wailing

We need more of it

Tara Lingeman
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Photo by Yogendra Singh on Unsplash

The preacher asked the family
to place hands on her
and then gave her permission to
wail.

So she wailed for her mother
not to leave her, to return
like Lazurus
In time for her prom send-off
and to witness her walk the stage at
graduation…

As she expelled agony
from her spirit,
it found a landing place in
us, mingled with our own
losses, lifted bandaids
from ancient wounds,
and soaked the large congregation
in their own tears
suddenly freed from captivity.

We wept
We
Wept

a powerful collective weeping
and I knew then
that we could
all use
more wailing.

We walk through loss
after loss like warriors,
keep it moving –
put your grief in a box
to take out at night
to cradle
when you’re alone
so one has to deal
with your sad…

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Tara Lingeman
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Seeker, Lover of Stories, Writer, and Teacher. Author of a memoir about searching and finding and a novel, Salamandra. Find both @ https://linktr.ee/taraling.