Letting Go

She looks down, down, down –

down to where the happily never afters

drop like curdled dreams onto the

 brittle bones of yesterday’s yearnings.

She’s tired –

so, so tired of juggling dying hopes and

broken visions;

 today, she’s letting go.

She watches each relic twirl its death spiral,

find finicky autumn breath

and sink beneath the weight of regret.

The seeing triggers tears.

She mourns,

crying crisp leaves,

showers of  decay

to soak her roots.

Her branches, bare finger-prayers,

point to the God beyond the Harvest Moon;


in her loss,

the letting go will be redeemed.

The broken stems will one day

feel fresh sap stir.

Her new dreams will be  born fully alive –

newly-minted green hatchlings,

a verdant and  magnificent cloak

to shade parched soul.

But first,

she must let go.

So today,

she will mourn well.

Letting go

will give her more

than withered hopes.

Her grip slips,

and her fist

embraces air.

She looks up, up, up –

up to where her best soul


tethered to

the God beyond

the Harvest Moon.


Six months ago today I posted my first poem.  This wasn’t designed as a poetry blog – but has morphed into one on its own terms.  Here’s to letting go of old expectations, in order to embrace new ones!

34 comments on “Letting Go

  1. Alastair says:

    Six months? I thought you’d been doing them for a lot longer than that. They are extremely good.

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  3. Melody, wonderful!
    Forgive me for not being around as much as I’d like to be!
    Linked to this on my front page.

  4. Caddo Veil says:

    Melody, this poem goes beyond the WOW-WONDERFUL we’ve ascribed to many. Gotta keep it– I love “bare-finger prayers”, “newly-minted green”, and “best soul”–that one’s the BEST, maybe–it’s so hard to choose today!! God bless you BIG–love, Caddo

  5. RoSy says:

    Happy half year of blogging! 🙂

    • melodylowes says:

      Thanks Rosy! I actually started my first blog in January, so that one is almost a year now – but I’ve only been writing poetry for 6 months, and I have decided to celebrate more of those milestones! 🙂

  6. Robert Rife says:

    This one…sheer perfection.

    • melodylowes says:

      Wow – thanks. Maybe because I bawled like a baby while writing it? It never seems to fail that the ones that are emotional to write are the ones that hit home to other people.

      • Robert Rife says:

        Yes, yes, yes. I know the best writing I’ve ever done has been in ecstatic joy or soul blackening pain. We have much from which to draw in these times. This one may be the best I’ve read from you so far…or at least my favorite. It’s very vulnerable. I love that.

      • melodylowes says:

        Honesty does that, huh? 🙂 Thanks – that means a lot to me, coming from you.

  7. Debbie says:

    I’m so glad that you let go of what you thought this blog would be about, so it could become all that God had planned! 🙂 So beautiful and congratulations! Blessings to you!

  8. lylekrahn says:

    Lots of emotions tied to expectations and you caught them. Congrats on six months.

  9. In a wink you have travelled a long way, Melody! 🙂

  10. This poem reminds me of a friend, “happily never after”. I need to return her call. Thankfully she, also, has turned “up, up, up” and so I know she will be okay.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

  11. Is this something you wrote yourself? It is absolutely amazing!

  12. Glenda Mills says:

    Absolutely beautiful Melody. So glad you took the first step to write poetry. I can see it has led to a deeper walk with the Lord. Thanks for sharing and thanks for liking my post “My Mother’s Heart”

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