When a Lioness Grieves (For Roni)

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© scottliddell Used with permission via morguefile

© scottliddell Used with permission via morguefile

The Strength of a Lioness flows through your veins.

“I can handle anything even this loss of my beloved.

I will draw on my inner strength” you tell yourself.

Sometimes you are too strong for your own good.

That’s when your body takes matters into its own hands.

At times when the grief is too much to bear alone.

The strength will manifests itself in different forms

Sometimes it breaks out into tears, before you can hide them. (It’s OK to cry)

Other times strength shows as a smile, as deceitful as it is. (Remove the mask)

Empty words fill the air and friends are told I am fine, I don’t need anything. (They know better)

The words fall on deaf ears, and friends keep watch from afar

When real dialogue forces itself from the depths of your throat

Because you can’t hold it in anymore

Your friend is sitting, waiting for your call.

In the meantime, she continues to reach out, even if you can’t respond. (She understands)

She is always there waiting with a listening ear, a sympathetic voice,

And a heart full of love for you.

She’ll wait however long it takes.

In the meantime, it’s OK to cry and remove the mask,

Because friends know better and understand.

© Lisa W. Tetting

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9 thoughts on “When a Lioness Grieves (For Roni)

  1. aw I love this! Especially this line: “When real dialogue forces itself from the depths of your throat.” When the words are no longer able to be suppressed…healing begins.

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