The therapist says, “Stay with me.”
What he means is “don’t dissociate.”
“Don’t let the midnight swallow you whole
and make you forget how beautiful the sunrise is.”
“Don’t let his words papercut your skin
and transform it to burnt ashes
to be tossed in some lonely, cold fire later.”
He means, “don’t dance with the devil, or even fight him—
Slit his throat.”
And most days, I do.
Most days, I’m more demon slayer than distressed damsel,
more conqueror than conquest.
But tonight, in the quiet,
I let the silence get to me.
I let it eat my shard sliver of confidence
in a silent surrender.
Swinging between two worlds,
of times long past and should-be forgotten,
and of the times here and now,
with the therapist and my trauma I can’t trample.
And God says, “My grace is sufficient
and my strength is made perfect in your weakness.”
God’s grace is sufficient
and the therapist tells me, “don’t dissociate, stay here.”
Are they mutually exclusive? Complementary?
Like a wing’d creature still moves
through the azure sky with hurting wings,
I can still be made strong in my weakness.
Maybe the therapist was right.
Perhaps God knows what He’s doing.
All I have to do is trust the process.
But that’s hard right now.
So tonight, I’ll cry and wash away
the trauma with tears and trepidation,
wake up in the morning, and scream into a pillow.
Because sometimes, it just doesn’t work.