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she was found herdless,


she was found herdless, impatient,

imbalanced yin yang black blue

white purple yellow green

yin yang black blue white yellow green

her true soul tribe has vanished

before the ivory towers collapsed,

leading more of her soul

to be shattered

much more than she had planned,

or had ever dreamed

that was just how it happened

it happened to push all her buttons

those of inadequacy, and failure,

disappointment, and cancelled appointments

not excluding nor excusing

the man she trusted,


so here is a cure for chipped winter nails,

just a little womanly talking behind

closed lavender scented doors, and

high ceilings, where only rage could

make it

up the slithery

monochromatic flamingo pink walls,

and deep sage curtains

floor tiles anyone could see:

would see her self fanning,

a flagellate in the making

from a hot flash

so soon

after the red sea

dried on thee, she

still could run at a clip–

fearless of a flicker of thunder

pensive in the land of down under


her piano fingers needed

her nails really short

and unpolished–

so not to feel them,

while tapping

caca-phony on the ivories

that a balanced yin/yang

was to be

found in more natural pastures,

tapping harmony on the ivories

words~~ kate lamberg (c) ’18

HEARTBREAK is unpreventable; the natural outcome of caring for people and things over which we have no control, of holding in our affections those who inevitably move beyond our line of sight.

Heartbreak begins the moment we are asked to let go but cannot, in other words, it colors and inhabits and magnifies each and every day; heartbreak is not a visitation, but a path that human beings follow through even the most average life. Heartbreak is an indication of our sincerity: in a love relationship, in a life’s work, in trying to learn a musical instrument, in the attempt to shape a better more generous self.

Heartbreak is the beautifully helpless side of love and affection and is just as much an essence and emblem of care as the spiritual athlete’s quick but abstract ability to let go. Heartbreak has its own way of inhabiting time and its own beautiful and trying patience in coming and going.

Heartbreak is how we mature; yet we use the word heartbreak as if it only occurs when things have gone wrong: an unrequited love, a shattered dream, a child lost before their time. Heartbreak, we hope, is something we hope we can avoid; something to guard against, a chasm to be carefully looked for and then walked around; the hope is to find a way to place our feet where the elemental forces of life will keep us in the manner to which we want to be accustomed and which will keep us from the losses that all other human beings have experienced without exception since the beginning of conscious time. But heartbreak may be the very essence of being human, of being on the journey from here to there, and of coming to care deeply for what we find along the way.

…If heartbreak is inevitable and inescapable, it might be asking us to look carefully for it and to make friends with it, to see it as our constant and instructive companion, and strangely perhaps, in the depth of its impact as well as in its hindsight, to see it as its own reward.

Heartbreak asks us not to look for an alternative path, because there is no alternative path. It is a deeper introduction to what we love and have loved, an inescapable and often beautiful question, something or someone who has been with us all along, asking us to be ready for the last letting go.

‘HEARTBREAK’ In CONSOLATIONS: The Solace, Nourishment and Underlying Meaning of Everyday Words.© David Whyte and Many Rivers Press 2015

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