"Roses Are Red"
© Nora Kasten
Oil painting on textured canvas (24"x20") SOLD
Although I haven't been painting I did attend my first grief support group last night. It was the right thing to do and I came away very much encouraged. A passage was read from the book "Healing After Loss"/ Daily Meditations for Working Through Grief by Martha Whitmore Hickman that was helpful.
"This is the Hour of Lead
Remembered, if outlived,
As Freezing persons recollect the Snow
First, Chill - then Stupor - then the letting go"
Martha says . . . .
"One can scarcely imagine heavier images than those in this poem by Emily Dickinson. Yet the feeling is familiar to us - a heaviness in our step, in our whole body, a heaviness of mind and heart.
The Chill is accurate, too - a kind of pervasive lethargy. We may find it hard to think. We forget where we put something, what we had planned to do. (It's a good time for making lists.)
But we do outlive the Hour of Lead. The will of the body and spirit is for recovery - even for growth, for there is no recovery without growth."
Affirmation For Today
"Even when I am feeling swallowed in an Hour of Lead, I will try to remember there will be a new time, and a new day."