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Two sides of the same coin 
Started by KathCull_admin
27 Dec 2015, 2:49 AM

Joy and Woe – two sides of the same coin

"Joy and woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine,
Under every grief and pine,
Runs a joy with silken twine.
It is right it should be so,
We were made for joy and woe,
And when this we rightly know,
Through the world we safely go."

 William Blake

About this poem Rosie Schaap wrote, “my experience of grief shifted, as though the passage told me to live in that grief as long as I might need, that—through memories, through love, through the very impulse to grieve—it was entwined with joy; that stitched somewhere in my sadness—which seemed insurmountable—was a thread of happiness. This time, Blake …. lit a little votive in the small, dark chapel of loss, by whose light I started to see a way through. 

I love the phrase “…stitched somewhere in my sadness – which seemed insurmountable – was a thread of happiness.”  It is hopeful but not dismissive of the grief I feel. Are there written words that capture your thoughts, experiences and feelings?


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Reply by oldbat
27 Dec 2015, 3:52 PM

Absolutely Katherine.  Sometimes it can be so hard to find that muted thread of golden joy that's woven through the tapestry of our grief.  But it IS there.  Trust.  Faith.  Love.  These too are part of the fabric of our lives.  Keep remembering.  Keep searching.  

I've been struggling to do just that.  More success than failure in 2015.  The tiny filaments of happiness can now at least be seen. 

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Reply by Carlyn
29 Dec 2015, 3:03 AM

I love this and so thankful for the link to the article too. 

Something else in the pile of holiday reading mentioned William Blake. It feels like great poets keep coming up lately in reading sources. It helps a lot.

I know everyone here is on their own path and place of grief and coping but these shared words of wisdom and expressions of feelings are a great comfort to read. 

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Reply by Aarondeadstar
03 Nov 2016, 4:31 AM

I sometimes think that is it our life that is revolving around this truth or these made up truths are revolving around our lives? I feel we write quotes so that we don't feel bad about our shortcomings. But the reality is something else.
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Reply by KathCull_admin
03 Nov 2016, 10:48 PM

That is an interesting take Aarondeadstar. I iwll write further on the second thread you posted to.

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