"If you've spent long enough in the forest" by Eva Valenti

If you've spent long enough in the forest

it's easy to forget there's anything else.

The light through the cracks in leaves

is not the warm light of the outside world.

If you've spent long enough in the forest,

it's easy to forget there's any such thing

as natural light (Perhaps the light through the cracks of trees

is your vision failing you, spots of emptiness where in reality

there is nothing but trees and the darkness);

and when you start to doubt the light outside,

this is when you begin to doubt your own lucidity.

I can't come with you into the forest

But I can walk along the edge,

catching fleeting glances of an arm or a hand

calling out through the spaces between trees

so that in the absence of light, a voice can guide you.

The forest isn't all that big if you know which direction to walk.

I can't come with you into the forest,

but I'll be waiting on the other side

so when you emerge blinking,

facing the sun for the first time in what must seem like ages,

I can hold a hand, fingers parted, lightly to your eyes

opening them slowly into eight widening windows

and ease you into illumination.

#poetry #mentalillness #depression #friendship #healing

 

 

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