Tuesday, July 19, 2011

In the House Now

I have to pack the hearts away for a while. They beat too loudly. The windows vibrate with their feeling. I trip over them on the way down the stairs, they spill from the cupboards to pool on the floor. They multiplied so quickly because there was just too much feeling. There was too much pain. So the one replicated, over and over, trying to take the pressure off. But everything stifles. I need a break. I need quiet and the space to not feel so much. I need the brain to reassert itself. Am I trading one problem for another? What will the brain do with this information? Will it even know how to process the memories, what we saw, what we feel? Maybe I have to just let it have its shot. Take a shot brain. Deal with this. Will it sit in the middle of the house like a pip? The stone in the center of the fruit? Will it dictate plans and strategies and methods for coping? Will it attempt to parse out a before, a during, an after? Perhaps I should pack everything away. Pack up the kidneys, the lungs. Put in small boxes my fingers and toes. Clothe my arms with poster tubes and lay my legs in storage bins that can slide under the bed. I’ll put my head in the freezer. Why use any of it anymore? What good is it to me now when she is gone and I can no longer feel her in my arms, no longer make new memories for my heart, for my head, for any of it, to feel at home.

The State of Things

Grief has made a mute of me. I have not been able to talk. I have not been able to be who I am right now, or rather, to share who I am with the world. I hide behind a face I do not recognize.

Sometimes it feels like I have been shattered into bits. They rub against one another, shard to shard. The scratching and further chipping of the pieces causes sharp pains, makes terrible noises. There is dust accumulating on the floor and tabletops from the friction. Dust of me. Dust created from where once I was whole.

And then I am a stone. I have sunk to the bottom of the lake. I blink. No one sees me. No one ever will but the fish, other tenants of this murky water polluted with stagnant grief.

I’m having trouble moving forward.

I’m having trouble wanting to move forward.

I’m lost in the woods. Around me are the violent pops of boughs breaking. The grotesque lullaby rings in my ears. Rockabye baby…on the treetop…when the wind blows…

When I was a child I fantasized about coming upon rooms forgotten by decades of family life. Old nurseries draped in covers. The odd shapes of things obscured beneath dusty linens. There is the rocking horse. There the dollhouse. It seems like it would be treasure to find something like this. Now I have it in my own house. Her room, a monument to our loss, a place so difficult to enter I hold my breath as I pass by the black door. There is no treasure in that room. The treasure is what was lost.

I keep getting sick.

I keep taking antibiotics.

I haven’t had this many courses of antibiotics since I was a strep-prone child.

Nothing is curing me. I cannot be helped. I went to the doctor again and they told me to rest. Her eyes were sad as they looked at me. Her eyes said everything I already know. I’m sick because my daughter died. I’m too sad to be well.

How am I going to clean out your things?

I am in so much pain I think about driving myself into a tree. Just so I can see her again. Just so I can hold her.

I am in so much pain I fantasize about walking into the ocean and letting myself be swept out to see. So I can talk to her. So I can feel free of the loss.

I am in so much pain it keeps me anchored to my life. There is no escape. I cannot cut myself free from this. I am on a course and must follow it through. I am committed to being alive. I made a promise.

Can therapy help?

Can moving to New York?

Can Pilates?

Can nights out?




Is there any help? Is this possible?

Or can only you assemble your pieces, learn to breathe underwater, fashion new homes out of forest boughs? Certainly only you can discover the depths of the pain, the grief, the loss. And only you can make it into your life. Break it with your hands in a battle of molding.

What will I create?