New poem, “The Wilderness”, on dealing with loss

I go to the wilderness –

Where the loneliness, and the stillness is:
I go to the wilderness,
Where the knives end, and the silence begins:
I go to the wilderness,
Just me and my suffering, I’m filled with it:
I go to the wilderness –
It’s there that I recover
The will to live, where I recharge,
Let new wounds quietly subside to scars:
I’m here at the wilderness, the verge
Where lives drift by, and I observe;
Here I shield my heart from the worst,
Then, once healed, to the world return.

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