The Healing – A Novel Matters Guest Post

Today’s post by Latayne Scott of our sister blog, Novel Matters | @NovelMatters

Recently the beloved husband of one of my literary colleagues passed away. My friend had cared for her soulmate through many years of illness.

I didn’t know what to do to express my sympathy for such a loss.   Send flowers? Make a donation to a charity?

What does one writer give to a lover of words?

I sent her words, my words, from the heart.

I wrote this poem as I considered the impact of decades of marriage on someone mourning. This poem acknowledges the cost of such a loss.


It is not flesh, nor beauty

Nor strength nor flashes of any sort.

And now it is not, can not be

Hope or possibilities or potentials,

For their time has passed.

It is not flesh nor beauty

Nor weaknesses nor thunders.

And, that it is not now,

And, that it has endured:

It never was those things.

And only now can that

Unmistakably be seen.

It is a hook in a heart

And a hook in a heart  

And ligatures between them

Where pain is only relieved

When one rests

Against the other.

(copyright Latayne C. Scott)

In a nearly-physical sense, words are the primary way in which we pay forward and backward the gift of comfort and fellowship we all crave.  Words can wound, words can heal.  We don’t have to know you, in order to minister to you.

Have a writer’s words helped heal and comfort you? Please do share!

3 Responses to The Healing – A Novel Matters Guest Post

  1. Sharon K. Souza November 28, 2012 at 10:17 am #

    Latayne, that’s a beautiful poem, one I’m sure your friend will find comfort in. You’re right, when it comes to comfort, words of love, words from the heart, can soothe like little else.

  2. Latayne Scott November 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Thank you, Sharon. I believe in words. I know that sounds strange, but I do. They are enormously powerful, more than any tangible thing.

  3. Kathleen Popa November 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm #

    Latayne, as always, your poetry is beautiful.

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