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A Prayer for Those Who Love Someone in Pain

| Meg Riley

by Meg Riley

Darling, I wish the suffering were mine.
I don't say that to sit back, having thrown my pebble to sea.
I am leaning in.
I wish I could be the saucer under your cup of pain,
allowing you to spill some of it on me.
I wish I could be the arms catching you as you fall
But the pain cruelly refuses to leave your body, your soul, your heart.
So instead may you feel me there, too.
The sugar in your coffee.
The wind on your face as you free fall.
May I have the courage to stay beside you
Through every step of your day,
To lie beside you on night's pillow as you turn and toss,
To bring the easy breath of sleep.


Meg RileyMeg Riley is senior minister at CLF.  She’s been a UU minister for twenty years. As a UU kid in West Virginia, she quickly learned to enjoy being ‘different,’ which has served her well in a ‘different’ life.  Riley lives in Minneapolis, where she enjoys walking by lakes, gardening, reading and writing, and in social media, where she enjoys hanging out, keeping up with people, and playing the occasional game of Scrabble.  She is the parent of a teenager, and the companion of a number of four legged friends.


 

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I think this is a really beautiful poem. Thank you. I like how you asked for courage to stand beside the sick person. Thank you.

I think this is a really beautiful poem. Thank you. I like how you asked for courage to stand beside the sick person. Thank you.