Saturday, November 6, 2010

grief

I just finished reading The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson. It is a story of a girl named Lennon (Lennie) dealing with the death of her older sister, Bailey and learning how to live without her.

If you follow me on twitter you probably saw all the quotes I tweeted while I was reading. There were so many great things to take away. I'm so inspired that I want to do a painting with the quote, "The sky is everywhere, it begins at your feet." I also want to start writing poems, stories and notes and leaving them wherever I go.

Below are two passages from the book, they were notes that Lennie wrote and I think that anyone who had lost someone they love can identify with them.

Grief is a house
where the chairs
have forgotten how to hold us
the mirrors how to reflect us
the walls how to contain us
grief is a house that disappears
each time someone knocks at the door
or rings the bell
a house that blows into the air
at the slightest gust
that buries itself deep in the ground
while everyone is sleeping
grief is a house where no one can protect you
where the younger sister
will grow older than the older one
where the doors
no longer let you in
or out



When I’m with him,
there is someone with me
in my house of grief,
someone who knows
its architecture as I do
who can walk with me,
from room to sorrowful room,
making the whole rambling structure
of wind and emptiness
not quite as scary, as lonely
as it was before

1 comment:

  1. Wow...beautiful!
    I've never heard of that book before, but now I want to read it.

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