Scarlet Magazine

By Andrew J. Baran

The Embrace

Posted on | November 22, 2009 | No Comments

Today, for the first time in my life I cried in the arms of someone who cared.
They weren’t strong arms, or big arms
To give the feeling of protection.
They were my sister’s arms.

No words were exchanged. And none were needed.
Being ‘present’ made all the difference.
Being held.
And feeling her loving energy say, “Let it out. I will sit with you through this. Take your time. I will provide comfort for you.”

I didn’t feel the need to ‘buck up’ and stop my tears,
To finish quickly because she had to ‘get on with her life’,
To dismiss away the pain because she’d want to ‘fix it’,
Or to hold in my frustration, fears and grief because she didn’t know how to absorb the burden of it with me.

For the first time in my life I didn’t have to be strong, even when I was weak..
I could just be…

Because someone else was my strength.
Someone else was my comfort.
Someone else knows what happens when time is allowed to stand still
And that during this silence of the moment an embrace of unconditional love is the only remedy for healing a wounded heart.



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