Ann Keiffer


And here it begins and ends…
   in surrender…
When I stand to receive the black
veil of depression as my own.
Not passively, like a victim,
but accepting it like gravity,
a fact of life unchanged by
my resistance or other plans.  

I surrender all then, knowing
this black veil was made for me,
one of many colored scarves.
And I resolve to move with it
until I am moved by it…
discovering how to lift its weight,
attending to its whispered wisdom,
bowing to its al-chemic mystery,
stretching, bending, whirling,
spinning, twirling, unfurling,
embraced by my long black veil
in a duet of transcend-dance,
holding fast to the one
essential thing I know:

that this dark veil
    must bless my life
        before I let it go.


About Ann

I am interested in the strange beauty of brokenness, in transforming possibility in difficult times, in how we heal even when we can’t get better, in the alchemy of surrender, in the interplay of light and shadow, in the bounty of everyday wonders, in the gift of laughter…and writing about it, all and everything.

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