I remember the moment when I first read Jacque’s poem, Bravery. Her acknowledgment and care embraced me at my core.
The poem acknowledges the crisis of profound loss and offers a way through. Jacque guides us through the steps of admitting and experiencing crises, offering a clear experience of who we are in that moment while at the same time, not losing ourselves to the moment.
Although I heard in her words the loss of a loved one, I felt the loss of innocence, the loss of belief, the loss of trust. I felt held in the truth of these losses. I felt the imperative need of these moments. The necessity to stop being brave and simply be who I am, even in the most profoundly painful places – perhaps especially in the anguish of loss.