Then What?

Into this box – old paints and thinners and primers and stains and cleaners and brushes.  Take it away.

Into that box – broken phones and batteries, cords and cameras no longer blinking.  Take it away.

On the porch – books and clothes and more books and more clothes, and stuff and stuff and stuff.  Take it away.  Please take it away.

And paintings from the walls, and dishes from the shelves, and papers and papers and papers.  I beg of you, please take it away.

Make it gone, gone, gone.window

Things that are torn, things that are worn.  Gone. Gone.

Things that are ripped and stripped.  Gone. Gone.

Old and ugly and stained and cracked.  Gone. Gone.  Make it all gone.

Make it all gone!

But then what? When the dust is settled and the room is clear… Then what?

In the silence of the room, the cool of the porch, the softness of sheets and the call of the mockingbird, then what?

In the quiet, in the space, then what?

….. Who knows.

But now there is space to discover, a place to allow.

Perhaps to cry

Perhaps to stretch

Perhaps to shape my body to claim the bed

Clawing my way to space, to room, to breath, to stretch.

Obsessing my way to silence, to peace, to grieving, to allowing.

Reconfiguring, re-shaping, re-forming.

My house, my heart, my life.

So continue, Dear One.  Follow the impulses.

Make order

Create space

Allow room

……. For Whatever will unfold.

Marianne Simon

Dr. Marcy Cole About Dr. Marcy Cole

Born and Raised in West Palm Beach, Florida. BS from Northwestern University, majoring in Radio/TV/Film and Communication Studies. Worked as a Television Executive for Katz Communications, Received a Masters in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago and a Doctorate at the Institute for Clinical Social work. I've been in private practice as a Holistic Psychotherapist for the past 18 years working with adolescents, adults, couples and families. Workshop Facilitator, Corporate Consultant, and Speaker. Best selling Co-Author of "Living Proof … Celebrating the Gifts that Come Wrapped in Sand Paper" and "Get Your Woman On … Embracing Beauty, Grace and the Power of Women". Founder of First Tuesday LA, and Founder and Executive Director of, offering support to childless single women and couples who seek to adopt children in need.

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