When I build a wall around my heart,
I reach inside my brain for a key
To open up myself to others,
Who stand ready to be there for me.
When the sky darkens
I can turn on a light,
Open my arms, my mouth,
My lungs, my eyes, my ears.
When I cough or sneeze or belch,
My insides remind me to be human,
To make mistakes, forgive myself,
And honor the grief so deep.
When sleep does come,
And dreams nag at my gloom,
I heed the call to breathe
For life surges through my being.
I have the power to light the light
Where Jon’s star shines so brightly.
HSB has facilitated the “Healing Through Poetry” group for more than 10 years. Peri Longo, past Santa Barbara poet laureate, supports individuals in grief to express themselves through poetry.
To learn more about how to register for our upcoming grief support and community education groups, such as “Healing Through Poetry,” please contact the intake coordinator at (805) 563-8820 ext. 110. No poetry or writing experience necessary.
All groups are free of charge and donations are gratefully accepted. Please note: space is limited and groups are subject to cancellation based on low registration. Registration must be completed with HSB prior to group participation. No drop-ins please.