Poetry Sunday-Mending





Like the frayed edges of my favorite shirt,

Warm and comfortable with the holes.



Torn pages of a special childhood book,

Smudged with memories.



Worn photos, now the colors fading and antique,

As if that time will be gone, forgotten.



Scars lighten, barely visible,

Fully healed, the wounds still linger.



But less tears shed now with the mending,

The knitting of the tears that ripped the heart.



A restoration has begun,

A spirit made whole.


© Donna Donabella 2014


I have been going through a healing time this first year of my retirement.  This poem conveys the tears (crying) and tears (ripping) of that healing.



I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.



I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  





Special Note:  The helenium pictured here represents tears (the crying kind).  In this case healing tears.




I leave you with a little bit of sentiment about love and life that can still come even from the tears.  Feel free to download the photo and share.




All original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014.  Any reprints or use of content or photos is by permission only.


60 Replies to “Poetry Sunday-Mending”

  1. what wonderful metaphors for the mending.. for becoming whole again.. maybe just like the holes of a favorite shirt, it’s less mending and more living in comfort with the frayed cuffs.

  2. What an intricate and colorful picture each of us paint for themselves in life but we can’t do any retouching
    as in the end we must admit that this was us as we were.

  3. wholeness achieved through so much giving away…beautiful effective metaphors here…”Torn pages of a special childhood book,

    Smudged with memories.”…fav lines…

  4. Yes, sometimes though the scars be healed, there are still those occasional tears. Less and less so with time, but tears nonetheless as our lives move on.

  5. I love the likenesses here, each a process and not a destination. I didn’t see it as tears on first reading, but as heart openings. On second reading, I added quite a lot more moisture to the poem, including my healing tears over the years.

  6. Mending can take time and patience, you’ve described the process beautifully. Thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday Donna.

    1. I have thoroughly enjoyed my retirement so far Eileen. I think it has given so much time to heal and reflect and find my voice….so glad you enjoyed the poem and images!

  7. Yes, there is relief in tears ~ crying can be so healing. Love your poem in combination with the flower image. So glad to see you at Poets United on Sundays, Donna 🙂

    1. So glad you enjoyed the post and poem Loredana. It has been six weeks joining in now and I hope to be linking in every Sunday….it has been a wonderful experience that I thank you for!

  8. I like the image of the favorite shirt. I hope that you can adjust to retirement in such a way that it in the end it does feel like that shirt.

  9. Mending can take time, you have described it so beautifully to the most, in my day tears showed a sign of weakness today I believe they create a relief of grief

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